The Life and Story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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The Life and Story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart better known as just Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptised January 27, 1756 in Salzburg on Getreidegasse street in the ninth house, which at the time was a part of the Holy Roman Empire but is now Austria. He was born to Leopold and Anne Maria Pertl Mozart in the same house he lived in until he was 17 with his mother, father and his big sister Maria Anne, she was his only sibling to survive infancy. He was baptised in St Rupert's Cathedral the day after he was born. His father was the deputy "Orchestra Master" of the court of the Archbishop of Salzburg, a composer, and a teacher as well. In fact the year Wolfgang was born his dad
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The Archbishop was a stern frugal man with little sympathy and paid Wolfgang only 150 florins a year, so he called the Archbishop "Archboobie". Wolfgang had a hard time not exercising his full potential and being a common musician after all he has been knighted and hobknobed with kings and queens. In 1777 Wolfgang resigned his position to search for work in Paris where he befriended members of the best orchestra of the time and fell in love with Aloysia Weber. Wolfgangs mother died in 1778 and his dad found him a job back in Salzburg as a court organist and concertmaster for 450 florins a year. Before going back to Salzburg to his new position in 1779 he composed the A minor piano sonata (K 310/300d) and the "Paris" symphony (No. 31). In 1781 the 25 year old's opera Idomeneo premiered successfully in Munich. His current employer Archbishop Colloredo threatened to fine half a years wages if he did it again so Wolfgang tried to resign several times and was finely awarded his termination with a literal "kick in the ass" administered by the Archbishops Steward, Count Arco. He decided to be a freelance musician and composer in Vienna, not just to enjoy the musical culture of Vienna but also to get away from his overbearing father. In a letter to his sister he explains how he gives lessons and performs in concerts to get by, this is also when and where he met his dear Constanze (Aloysia's older sister).

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