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Fascinating Facts About Mozart + a playlist

Discovering a bit about the man behind the music only serves to elevate his greatness.

He was baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart.

Listening to every piece of music composed by Mozart would take approximately 202 hours.

Surprisingly, Mozart had a fondness for billiards. When he passed away in 1791, a billiard table with five balls and twelve cues was among his possessions.

Interestingly, as a child, Mozart disliked the trumpet but developed a strong affinity for the clarinet. He even wrote his first concerto for the clarinet at the young age of 5.

If you ever need an example of how salary doesn’t measure one’s worth, look no further than Mozart, who earned less than half of what his predecessor at the court of Joseph II in Salzburg made.

Upon returning from a brief absence, Mozart’s former suitor, German soprano Aloysia Weber, seemed to have forgotten him. In response, he expressed his feelings through a song and eventually married her sister, Constanze.

It is believed that several of Mozart’s compositions contain Masonic symbolism, including his beloved opera, The Magic Flute.

Mozart’s supposed arch-nemesis was the Italian composer Antonio Salieri, at least according to the 1984 movie AMADEUS, which even suggested that Salieri poisoned Mozart leading to his death.

There are no less than 118 theories related to Mozart’s death, making the exact reason for his demise at the age of 35 still unknown.

Mozart had a pet starling that inspired him to write a song. In his notebook, he documented a tune originally sung by the starling, which became the basis for his 17th piano concerto.

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