Birthday of Mozart

Mozart (Wolfgang Amadeus), Birthday of

January 27
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, on this day in 1756 and died only 35 years later, on December 5, 1791. An extraordinarily precocious child, he began performing at the age of three and was composing by the age of five. Mozart represents the high point of the late 18th-century Viennese Classical style, and his achievements in composing operas, chamber music, symphonies, and piano concerti have earned him a reputation as one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time.
Mozart's birthday is observed by musical societies all over the world, who often give concerts of his music on this day. The city of his birth also honors him every summer with the Salzburg Festival—which has become so closely identified with him that it is often referred to as "The Mozart Festival"—and at the end of January with Mozart Week.
CONTACTS:
Austrian National Tourist Office
120 W. 45th St.
P.O. Box 1142
New York, NY 10036
212-944-6880; fax: 212-730-4568
www.austria.info
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 15
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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