Author of the painting: Barbara Krafft
Salzburg, Holy Roman Empire, January 27, 1756-Vienna, Holy Roman Empire, December 5, 1791
Mozart, as he’s often simply called, was a composer and his name is among the greatest musicians of all time. A child prodigy, he began composing at age five under the tutelage of his father, who, knowing his talents, made several trips to introduce his son and daughter Nannerl to European royalty.
Thanks to these trips Mozart acquired recognition and admiration and devoted his life to the composition of concerts, operas, symphonies, sonatas and quartets. At age 16, he had already run three operas in the city of Milan and on the early 1770s he was a member of the Orchestra of Salzburg. He later traveled to Paris and Mannheim in search of a better paid job as a musician, although he returned to Salzburg and composed his first great opera, Idomeneo, re di Creta, in 1781.
In the same year he settled permanently in Vienna and began working as a freelance musician and teacher. He had success with his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1782), Le nozze di Figaro (1786), Don Giovanni (1787) and Così fan tutte (1790).
Mozart is one of the leaders of European Classical music and emphasized elegance and balance. His extraordinary musical talent bequeathed a vast number of compositions including 41 symphonies and a requiem, and other popular and beautiful pieces appreciated today.