WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) was a child prodigy. He quickly mastered the piano, the violin, and the language of classical composition, composing his first works by the age of five. He delighted royalty across Europe before settling in Vienna, where he composed his most important works.
His music represents the ideal of western classicism. Mozart is the most recognizable name of classical music. Whether or not one is aware of it, almost everyone can recognize some melody he penned.
Despite dying at the age of 35, he left behind one of the largest bodies of work of any composer.
Of the four composers in the First Viennese School, Mozart is the most commercialized and misunderstood. Walking around the tourist areas of Vienna, one sees portraits of Mozart on almost every block, his face on the famed Mozartkugeln truffles in candy shop windows, and Mozart-themed costume concerts. Many books and movies have also spread false information about his life.
These caricatures do not give justice to the genius that was Mozart. It cheapens the classical perfection that is his music.