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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg and died on December 5, 1791, in Vienna at the age of 35. He was an Austrian composer, pianist, and violinist. Both his birthplace, Salzburg, and his place of death, Vienna, belonged to the Holy Roman Empire at the time and were under the influence of Emperor Joseph II, who was heavily influenced by the Enlightenment. Mozart was one of the most important composers in the Viennese classical style and is one of the great names in music history for future generations. His body of work (which includes over 600 known compositions) includes works that are considered the pinnacle of symphonic, chamber, piano, opera, and choral music by many. Today, many of his works are central to the classical standard repertoire. But you already knew all that about Mozart, so here are ten facts that you probably didn’t know!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had an exceptional musical memory…

There was a piece written in the 1630s that was only performed in the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican kept the composition of the piece secret for 150 years until the then 14-year-old Mozart listened to it. After listening only twice, he was able to transcribe it from memory and subsequently produced the first unauthorized copy of the song.

Never outgrew the potty humor…

Mozart had a remarkable love for toilet humor, which can be seen in his preserved letters written during his lifetime.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had a remarkable love for toilet humor, which can be seen in his preserved letters written during his lifetime.

Was so intelligent that he was mistaken for an adult dwarf…

When Mozart was 8 years old, he was tested by the Royal Society to determine if he was a child or, in fact, an adult dwarf. They were convinced of his age when, in the middle of playing a piece, he became distracted by a cat that walked through the room.

A sign of his unique sense of humor…

Back to Mozart’s toilet humor; at one point, he composed a song called “Leck mich im Arsch” (English: “Lick me in the arse“). The song was composed in Vienna in 1782.

Back to Mozart’s toilet humor; at one point, he composed a song called “Leck mich im Arsch” (English: “Lick me in the arse“). The song was composed in Vienna in 1782.

Sells like hotcakes…

While the CD may be a more or less extinct media format, as recently as 2016, he was actually the best-selling individual artist of physical CDs worldwide.

Mozart’s wife remarried after his death…

After Mozart died at the age of 35, his wife remarried a Danish diplomat. However, her gravestone still reads: “Here lies the widow of Mozart“.

A real charmer – even as a child…

At the age of seven, he performed a concert for the royalty of Vienna. Unfortunately, Mozart stumbled, but he was helped up by Marie Antoinette. After being helped up, he proposed to her – at the tender age of seven.

At the age of seven, he performed a concert for the royalty of Vienna. Unfortunately, Mozart stumbled, but he was helped up by Marie Antoinette. After being helped up, he proposed to her – at the tender age of seven.

Collaborated with Benjamin Franklin…

American inventor Benjamin Franklin (who invented, among other things, the lightning rod) invented a musical instrument that used glass and water. This instrument helped Mozart write songs.

Wrote extremely vulgar letters to his cousin…

When Mozart wasn’t busy writing one of his 600 masterpieces, he instead wrote explicit letters to his female cousin, saying he wanted to “poop on her nose” and watch it “drip down onto her chin“. The letters are preserved to this day. You probably never thought of Mozart like that, did you?

When Mozart wasn’t busy writing one of his 600 masterpieces, he instead wrote explicit letters to his female cousin, saying he wanted to "poop on her nose" and watch it "drip down onto her chin". The letters are preserved to this day. You probably never thought of Mozart like that, did you?

118 different theories about his death…

The exact cause of Mozart’s death is still unknown. Researchers have proposed at least 118 different theories about his death, ranging from influenza to mercury poisoning. The only thing we basically know for sure is that he’s at least dead.


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