Mozart was one of the most influential and popular composers of classical period. He was a prodigy who showed his ability from his early childhood. With its infinite variety his music has enriched the lives of listeners and performers and has profoundly influenced the subsequent western music.
Mozart was the last of seven children. He was born on the 27th of January 1756 at 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg. His father was Leopold Mozart a conductor composer and violinist and his mother was Anna Maria. All of his siblings but his sister Maria Anna nicknamed Nannerl died in infancy. Nannerl was also a musician.
RELATIONSHIP WITH FATHER
Mozart is usually recognised as being lucky to have an experienced teacher and musician as his father. Leopold was one of the few people who immediately recognised Mozart’s unique gift and potential. He took every step to support his son’s talent and his ultimate purpose and duty was the musical development of his children.
Mozart started to learn and study keyboard, violin and even composition along with her sister from his father at the age of four. He seemed to absorb everything about music effortlessly and even started to compose little pieces. When Mozart was six, his father took him and Nannerl to perform at the Elector of Bavaria at Munich and the Empress Maria Theresa in Vienna to exhibit his gifted children to the world.
In 1763 Leopold took the family to a trip to Paris and London and Mozart performed for French and English monarchs. Around this time he has already composed early keyboard sonatas and wrote his first symphonies at the age of nine. The family moved back to Salzburg in 1766. When Mozart was 12 he wrote his first Italian comical opera “La Finta Semplice”.