Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - one of the greatest composers of all times. He created his own distinct style, blending traditional and contemporary.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Famous Austrian Composer (1756 - 1791)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the greatest composers of all times. He created his own distinct style, blending traditional and contemporary.
2. Mozart and Love
When he was 21, Mozart travelled to the German city of Mannheim with his mother where he fell head over heels in love with the singer Aloysia Weber. To Mozart, it was immediately clear that he would marry Aloysia and spend his life with her. He even began composing music for their wedding mass. But she rejected his marriage proposal.
Mozart’s strict and ambitious father was against the marriage as well, as he considered his son to be too immature. He wanted Wolfgang Amadeus to continue to devote himself to his career instead of letting himself be distracted by women.
But love would not be delayed forever. When Mozart moved to Vienna, he met Constanze Weber, Aloysia’s younger sister. Against his father’s wishes and without his permission, he married Constanze on 4 August 1782 in a small, modest ceremony at Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
3. Mozart loved Almond Milk, Sauerkraut, and Beer
Mozart regularly had almond milk at Café Tomaselli at Salzburg’s Alter Markt, Austria’s oldest coffeehouse still in operation. Its origins date back to 1700. It is not surprising that Mozart was a frequent guest there, as the café is located only a few minutes walk from Getreidegasse and Mozart’s birthplace.
Mozart’s favoured beverage to accompany spicy dishes like sauerkraut with liver dumplings was dark beer. The diary of his sister, Nannerl, mentions a visit to Salzburg’s Stieglbräu brewery. In August 1780, she wrote: “At 3 o’clock we three went to watch bowling at stieglbreü”. The group also enjoyed “a few drinks of good beer” at this venerable tavern.
4. Mozart Wrote a Poem About his Pet Bird
Somewhat fittingly, the Mozart family kept songbirds as pets.
They also had a dog, a fox terrier named Pimperl, which was the darling of the family.
When Mozart moved to Vienna, he kept several birds there as well, including a starling. When the bird died, he even dedicated a poem to it: “Poem for a Dead Starling” (1787).
5. Mozart was Almost Unbeblievably Prolific
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed a total of 626 works, although he only lived to be 35 years old – a very short life even back then.
By the time he was twelve, Mozart had already written three operas, six symphonies, and hundreds of other works. His genius not only impressed his contemporaries at the time, but it also continues to live on today in his extraordinary compositions.