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Top 10 Facts - Mozart
03.24.2016
Fact #1

In 2002, on the one-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, choirs around the world sang Mozart's Requiem Mass in D minor for 24 hours in a global effort to honor those who died.

Fact #2

By the age of 3, Mozart had learned to play a clavier, which was an old-fashioned stringed instrument that had a keyboard. By the age of 5, he was playing the harpsichord and violin as well as a professional. He was playing in front of royalty when he was just 6 years old. Mozart was a rare musical genius.

Fact #3

Mozart could write music before he could write words.

Fact #4

Mozart wrote half the number of total symphonies he would create between the ages of 8 and 19.

Fact #5

The soundtrack to the1984 film Amadeus made it to #56 on the Billboard album charts, making it one of the most successful classical music albums ever.

Fact #6

Composer Gustav Mahler's (1860—1911) last word before he died was "Mozart".

Fact #7

Mozart could listen to music just once and then write it down from memory without any mistakes.

Fact #8

Mozart's father, Leopold, described Mozart's birth as a "miracle from God" because he seemed too small and weak to survive.

Fact #9

When Mozart was just 14, he composed the opera Mitridate re di Ponto (Mithridates, King of Pontus). It was a triumph when it was performed in December 1770 in Milan.

Fact #10

Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1756. He died in Vienna, Austria, in 1791 at the age of 35.

Fact #11
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