Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was the son of a musician. It was during his elder sister’s music lessons which a four-year-old Mozart first showed his love of music. By the age of five, Mozart composed his first work. Mozart began composing works that were performed by his father on the violin and his sister on the piano and they were touring when the prodigy was only six. Thus began a grand musical career that was sadly cut short when, at the age of 35, he fell ill. Mozart died believing he had been poisoned. While he did have enemies within the music world, it remains unclear if the composer was murdered.
This Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart portrait is from a drawing by Dora Stock (1760 – 1832) of Mozart when he was 33. It was included in an 1891 work entitled A Popular History of the Art of Music by W.S.B. Mathews.
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