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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born with a clinical ear for absorbing music which his father Leopold recognised and encouraged from an early age as he took his child protégé on musical tours of Europe in the hope of securing him a position as a musician in one of the royal courts. He only had to listen to a piece of music once and he could memorise it and write it and play it exactly, which proved much to the disdain of the Vatican as he witnessed a performance of Gregorio Allegri's Miserere in the Sistine Chapel and proceeded to be the first person to perform his work outside of the Vatican. He was a prolific composer during his life that was cut short due to illness. He produced his first 30 symphonies before his eighteenth birthday and he was responsible for producing more than 600 works while his influence is still felt to today with all aspiring classical musicians following in his intimate acoustic aesthetic known as the Salzburg sound. As is the case with many of the greatest artists Mozart was not properly appreciated until after his death when a renaissance of his music saw him rise in popularity. In todays world it seems unfathomable that Mozart spent most of his life as a poor man in monetary terms but with an abundance of wealth in talent that struggled to put bread on the table. It is this paradox that has made him such an interesting historical character that has inspired not just music and operas but literature, plays, video games and movies to be made in his honour. The subtlely of his musical style was never fully appreciated during his lifetime as the eminent Swiss theologian Karl Barth said about him; "Mozart's music is free of all exaggeration, of all sharp breaks and contradictions. The sun shines but does not blind, does not burn or consume". For all his posthumously appreciated talent he was good for a quip and one liner also, so here is my compilation of 12 of the best Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Born: 27th January 1756, Salzburg, Holy Roman Empire (now Austria)
  • Died: 5th December 1791, Vienna, Holy Roman Empire (now Austria)
  • Alma mater: Due to European tours as a protégé his father Leopold was mostly responsible for his education although he did attend the Roman Accademia Filarmonica in the early 1770's
  • Occupation: Musician and classical composer
  • Inspired by: George Frideric Handel, Johann Christian Bach and Joseph Haydn
  • Influenced: Frédéric François Chopin, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Ludwig van Beethoven and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Religion: He was a devout Roman Catholic who also composed religious music
  • Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)
  • Trivia: Taught by his father, he was a polyglot who spoke 15 languages: Ancient Greek, Bohemian (Czech), Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Turkish
  • Quotes about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fellow composer and friend Joseph Haydn said this to his father Leopold; "I tell you before God, and as an honest man, your son is the greatest composer known to me by person and repute, he has taste and what is more the greatest skill in composition"
  • Ludwig van Beethoven gave him high praise indeed by saying this of him; "I have always reckoned myself among the greatest admirers of Mozart, and shall do so till the day of my death"

"The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between"

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"People are wrong who think my art comes easily to me. I assure you, nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I"

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"To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop"

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"The ungodly arch-villain Voltaire has died miserably like a dog, just like a brute. That is his reward"

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"I care very little for Salzburg and not at all for the archbishop: I shit on both of them"

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"Death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness"

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"Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance"

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"I choose such notes that love one another"

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"Love, that is the soul of genius"

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"What's even worse than a flute? - Two flutes!"

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"If only the whole world could feel the power of harmony"

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"Who knows most, knows least"

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