Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) was an Austrian composer of the classical era.
Born in Salzburg, he was a child prodigy, at four playing pieces on the harpsichord, at five composing (some musical scholars have suspected that Leopold Mozart, his father, actually colaborated in the writing of his son's early compositions, since it's hard to believe in a so young child being able to master music notation).
At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his early death at the age of 35.
He composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music. Ludwig van Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote: "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years"..