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December 5
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Something about Mozart still not known by many people is that he frequently composed while playing a game.  Sometimes he even played all night.  Can You Guess what game Mozart enjoyed composed to? Where'd that answer go? I thought I had it in my pocket!

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1830 - First performance of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique in Paris.

1837 - Premiere of Berlioz's Requiem with Haberneck, conducting at the Church of Les Invalides in Paris.

1935 - Richard Wayne Penniman (Singer Little Richard) was born.

1940 - Death of Czech violinist and composer Jan Kubelik in Prague.

1942 - First performance of Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols.

1952 - First performance of Gian Carlo Menotti's Violin Concerto. Efrem Zimbalist, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting

1968 - Graham Nash quit the Hollies. He announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash three days later.

1998 - First performance of Libby Larsen's String Symphony. Minnesota Orchestra, Eiji Oue conducting in Minneapolis.
By age 6 he was touring Europe with his father and his immensely talented sister, Maria Anna "Nannerl". The children played for the French and English royal families delighting audiences everywhere with their performances on the harpsichord.  It was at this time that Wolfgang had his first music published and he wrote his earliest symphonies. They delighted audiences everywhere they went with their harpsichord performances.

They spent 1769 in Salzburg; 1770-73 saw three visits to Italy, where Mozart wrote two operas (Mitridate, Lucio Silla) and a serenata to be performed in Milan.  It was here that Mozart acquainted himself with Italian styles of opera.

Mozart spent 1774 to mid-1777 in Salzburg, where he worked as Konzertmeister at the Prince- Archbishop's court.  His compositions during this period included symphonies, Masses, all of his violin concertos, six piano sonatas, several serenades and divertimentos and his piano concerto, K271.

Throughout his childhood, Wolfgang was always in the news and was greatly praised. He knew how special he was, and was unable to keep his opinions to himself about any lesser talents he encountered. He wrote many humorous critiques of  court musicians he met in his travels.  He spent his life looking for a well paying high court job that was certainly his due, but his naive arrogance and impulsive behavior undid him at every turn.

Despite personality flaws we find that Mozart was an enormous talent.  The number of compositions alone is staggering.  There are more than 600 that have been assigned Köchel numbers, and probably countless others produced for local musicians that have never been cataloged, or heard since.  These works cover almost every conceivable type of music produced at the time.  Masses, requiems, litanies, vespers, oratorios, cantatas, operas, stage music, arias with orchestra, songs, symphonies, serenades and divertimenti, piano concerti, violin concerti, concerti for wind instruments, string quartets, string quintets, piano sonatas, piano variations and sonatas for other Instruments are all enumerated.

In spite of the huge amount of work he composed, Mozart died in poverty.  He was buried in an unmarked grave upon his death December 5, 1791.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most popular and prolific composers of all time, was buried on this date in 1791.

Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg Austria. He was the youngest and only surviving son of orchestra leader Leopold Mozart (author of A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing), who was his first teacher.  Wolfgang showed remarkable musical ability early. He played the harpsichord by age 4.  He also wrote his first piano sonata that year
Wolfgang Amadeus

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