(1756-1791).  Mozart is the most celebrated child prodigy in music history.  His dazzling performances on violin and keyboard charmed European monarchs from Vienna to London.  Later, many of his sonatas, quartets, symphonies, and operas met with considerable success.  But by the time of his early death at age 35, his reputation had already faded.  His greatest fame came in the two centuries after his death, as composer after composer acclaimed his music to be of supreme genius.

Any list of Mozart's finest works is sure to include the 6 Piano Concertos from 1785-86 (numbers 20 to 25), ANY of his Piano Sonatas, the string Quartets no 14 to 19 (dedicated to his friend and mentor Haydn), Symphonies no 25, 31 (Paris), 35 (Haffner) 36 (Linz), 39, 40, 41 (Jupiter), the serenade "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik", his Requiem, and the operas "The Marriage of Figaro", "The Magic Flute", and especially "Don Giovanni".

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) was an Austrian violinist, pianist, composer, and conductor, born on January 27, 1756. Being tremendously gifted and industrious, he composed over six hundred works in his short lifetime – concertos for solo instruments (about 40), symphonies (about 40), sonatas (about 70), string quartets (about 20), operas (about 10), choral music, songs, and other assorted pieces. He is considered by many to be the greatest composer of classical music who ever lived. Mozart’s music can be light and graceful, charming and humorous, sad and dark, and profound and passionate. The famous composer Joseph Haydn wrote about Mozart that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years.” He could easily have said “500 years.” Mozart died in 1791, at age 35.