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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) was born in Salzburg, Austria in the Classical period. On top of being one of the greatest musical geniuses in the history of classical music, Mozart was also the ultimate child prodigy.

    Mozart composed his first composition at the age of four, had his first work published at the age of seven and completed his first opera at the age of 12. While doing all this, he toured with his father cum manager, Leopold Mozart, and his sister, Nannerl, and performed for the kings and queens of Europe.

    Growing up as a child genius meant being treated like a guest of honour. When he met Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, they were so charmed by each other that young Mozart even proclaimed that he would one day marry her. However, Mozart enjoyed such acclaim as a child that he found it difficult to earn a living as an adult. No longer being a precocious, talented child meant that he was treated like any other musician of the Classical period – as servants who served to entertain the rich. This was a status that Mozart could not accept and his lack of income coupled with his lavish spending habits meant that he and his wife Constanze struggled to survive.

    His financial instability continued until the end of his life, where he met a mysterious end. A masked figure knocked on his door one day and commissioned him to write a requiem. Mozart would later say that he was commissioned to write his own requiem, for he found himself on the brink of death while working on it and passed away before completing it.

    Mozart’s early success may not have served him well later in life, but today he is remembered as one of classical music’s most influential and gifted composers.

    Andrea Sim
    Andrea Sim
    Andrea Sim is the music director and principal conductor of the klpac String Orchestra. A seasoned orchestral violinist, she has led and played solo with numerous orchestras and plays regularly with various chamber groups. Andrea graduated with first class honours on a full scholarship from UCSI University’s Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons) degree.
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