Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (b. Salzburg, 1756; d. 1791) was an Austrian composer, keyboard player, violinist, violist and conductor. A child prodigy, he was taught the harpsichord, violin and organ by his father, who when the boy was 6 began to present him in concerts before the royalty of Europe. By the time Mozart was 13, he had written symphonies, concertos and sonatas, and was known throughout the world of music. By the time of his death at age 35, he had produced more than 600 works -- symphonies, operas, concertos, quartets, cantatas --  almost all of them of the most astonishing quality. He is regarded by many as the world's greatest natural musical genius; his mature compositions are distinguished by their melodic beauty, formal elegance and richness of harmony and texture. Notable works include Piano Concerto No. 21 in C (K. 467, 1785), Serenade No. 13 in G for Strings ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525, 1787), Symphony No. 40 in G Minor (K. 550, 1788), Symphony No. 41 in C ("Jupiter," K. 551, 1788) and the operas "Le Nozze di Figaro" ("The Marriage of Figaro," 1785-86); "Don Giovanni" (1787): "Cosi fan tutte" (1790); and "Die Zauberflöte" ("The Magic Flute") (K. 620, 1790-1).  -- From "The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge"

One night a mysterious stranger came to his door dressed in gray to hire Mozart to write a requiem mass (a piece of music that choirs perform at funerals). Mozart, who was very afraid of ghosts and extremely superstitious, was terrified of the stranger who kept nagging him to finish the piece. He was already ill, and in his state of mind he became convinced that he was writing music for his own funeral.


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