Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) of Austria was a keen and skilful billiards player. A slight deformity of his left ear was hidden by his wig. Mahler’s last word before he died was “Mozart”.

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Everything you (n)ever wanted to know about Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) of Austria was a keen and skilful billiards player. A slight deformity of his left ear was hidden by his wig. Mahler’s last word before he died was “Mozart”.

Among composers of the classical period, the most prolific was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) of Austria, who wrote c. 1,000 operas, operettas, symphonies, violin sonatas, divertimenti, serenades, motets. Concertos for piano and many other instruments, string quartets, other chamber music masses and litanies, of which only 70 were published before he died at the age of 35. His opera La Clemenza di Tito (1791) was written in 18 days, and the symphonic masterpieces, Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, Symphony No. 40 in G minor and Symphony No. 41 in C major (the Jupiter), were reputedly written in the space of 42 days in 1788. His overture Don Giovanni was written in full score at one sitting in Prague in 1787 and finished on the day of its opening performance.

The longest interval between the known composition of a piece by a major composer and it s performance in the manner intended is from 3 March 1791 until 9 October 1982 (over 191 years), in the case of Mozart’s Organ Piece for a Clock, a fugue fantasy in F min (K 608), arranged by the organ builders Wm. Hill & Son and Norman & Beard Ltd. at Glyndebourne, Great Britain.

In what is believed to be the largest-ever recording project devoted to a single composer, 180 compact discs containing the complete set of authenticated works by Mozart were produced by Philips Classics for release in 1990/91 to commemorate the bicentennial of the composer’s death. The complete set comprises over 200 hours of music and would occupy 6.5 feet (1.98 metres) of shelving.

Researchers at University College, Cardiff, in 1970 announced an important discovery concerning the formation of musical taste in rats. A group of experimental rats were played Mozart all day long during their infancy. They heard The Magic Flute, the Fifth Violin Concerto K.219, and two symphonies (unspecified), each four times a day. In later life these rats grew up preferring Mozart to Schoenberg, given the choice. Sceptics might claim that any with taste would do so anyway.

Research shows that newborn babies enjoy Mozart and Vivaldi but tend to sleep through any Beethoven which may be played at them.

Mozart was a keen and skilful billiards player. Haydn once tore the cloth on Mozart’s billiard table. Coincidentally, the invention of the game of billiards dates back to 1591, exactly 200 years before the death of Mozart.

Mozart had a slight deformity of his left ear, usually kept covered by his wig.

The principal theme of the last movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto K.453 was suggested to the composer by a tune whistled by his pet starling. The bird also knew his Concerto no. 17, for Mozart had devoted some idle moments to teaching the bird the principal theme of the last movement, a theme that is, admittedly, rather chirpy and bird-like in nature. Yet the starling was an imperfect student. One note it sang wrong every time and, according to the composer, another note was consistently held too long. It seems that even the example of the concerto's creator was insufficient to convince Mozart's starling to sing the piece exactly as written. On May 27, 1784 a strange funeral was held. As usual, hymns were sung at the graveside. Then Mozart recited a poem he'd penned. Finally, the composer's pet starling was laid to rest.

If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing slowly. Though Mozart had only 35 years of life in which to compose all his works, the task of cataloguing these 624 or so pieces of music took Ludwig von Kochel twelve years.

Gustav Mahler’s last word before he died was “Mozart”.

Source: The Ultimate Irrelevant Encyclopaedia by Bill Hartson & Jill Dawson, George Allen & Unwin, 1984

“Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart" is an anagram (a word or phrase made by using the letters of another word or phrase in a different order) of "Among us a grand maestro of opera, waltz music”

“Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart” is an anagram of “A famous German waltz god” and “Gorgeous waltz fan, madam” and “Zealous, warm 'n' mad faggot” and “Warm gazes to a manful god”

Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart" is an anagram of "Common arts as opera, waltz, fugue: I am so grand!"

“Johannes Chrystostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus ‘Amadeus’ Mozart” is an anagram of “Just some Austrian. (Composed many half-hour songs/waltzes, though!)”

The Mozart effect refers to disputed scientific studies that test a theory suggesting that classical music increases brain activity more positively than other kinds of music, and that listening to certain kinds of complex music may induce a short-lived (fifteen minute) improvement in the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as "spatio-temporal reasoning". Two pieces of Mozart's music; Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major (K. 448) and Piano Concerto No. 23 (K. 488), were found to have this effect, giving it its name. Later research also suggested that K. 448 can reduce the number of seizures in people with epilepsy.

In the frequently playful letters of his youth Mozart sometimes would spell his name backwards, viz., Mozart Wolfgang or Trazom. More often he would sign letters 'Mzt'.

The Mozartkugel (English: Mozart ball), known originally as the “Mozartbonbon”, was created by the Salzburg confectioner Paul Fürst in 1890 and named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The confectionery Fürst still produces the original Salzburg Mozartkugeln by hand according to the original recipe and only sells them in its shops or over its website. As the Fürst confectionery does not own a trademark for Mozartkugeln, there are numerous imitation products, most of which are produced using industrial techniques.





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Hi everyone,
I live in Italy, in Rovereto. This city is dedicated to Mozart because here he made his first concerts in the San Marco Church.
Every year in Rovereto there is a festival in his honour. I like his music very much, he has an incredible talent. I think that this article is very interesting above all for the discover on the therapeutic effects of his music for epilepsy.
I think that it would be necessary further research in this field.
By for now!
maria elena

The language of Mozart's compositions is universal. Four years ago, something strange happened to me… It was the first time when I listened to Mozart and it was the first time when I listened to his composition "Closer to the Dream". But at that moment I wasn't aware of its title. I didn't even know the name of composer! It was just called "Track 08" in my audio player.
However, at the very moment when I was listening to that composition, I saw visual imagery of my desire in the implemented form in my mind's eye. This never used to happen to me. I don't have a good visual imagination. I don't tend to dream. I can remember something from the past, when I'm listening to music, but I can't imagine the future. That's why I wasn't going to think about my desire, when I was listening to "Closer to the Dream". The visual images came by themselves… without any efforts of my mind. And they were so clear! As if, I've already had the visual perception of the event in the past.
Five months later after that listening, my 'visualized' dream had come true! And by the way, exactly like in the vision!
After some time my sister found out the title of that composition and the name of composer and told me. I was very surprised and very impressed! The title of composition is in full accordance with its effect! I was really closer to my dream, when I was listening it. But not only that… Mozart lived in 18th century. But I thought that this composition was created by contemporary composer, not 200 years ago!…
Yes, Mozart is a very talented…His musical creations are timeless… He is a genius. It's true!

Hi everybody. I love classical music, and Mozart is one of favourite composers. I still like Vivaldi and Beethoven though but yes, Mozart is the best. Great works and composer! Cheers!

yes , I agree with you.İn addition that Clasical music is very perfect in mozart.He was  very intelligent  craftsman.I belive his music that moving to future.Specially turkish symphony  is very incredible..

Thank you for this listening on Mozart, music and learning. Really interesting, and a pleasure  to listen to!

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Denise Schuetz from Switzerland writes I would say it is a very interesting article, specially the part about the different experiments that have been done with plants, rats and kids. I have also seen the movie about Mozart called “Amadeus”.He had a very interesting life: very short, but interesting. But what interests me particularly is why he was a genius? There have always been periods which have seen the growth of genius. The Renaissance was an interesting one, with Michelangelo, Leonardo etc.A lot of questions still remain. Where does inspiration come from? It is the same for invention, art, and literature.