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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is one of the most enduringly popular of classical composers. Born in Salzburg, he was a child prodigy, performing on the violin and piano for European royalty at the age of six, having already composed his first musical pieces (for keyboard). By the time he died at the age of thirty-five from an undetermined ailment, Mozart had composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. These include the "Prague" and "Jupiter" symphonies; "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" and the "Serenata Notturno"; Figaro's Wedding and Don Giovanni; and the "Great" Mass in C Minor and the Requiem.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his divertimento for string quartet and two horns, K. 522, in 1787, the same year that his opera Don Giovanni premiered. Mozart titled the four-movement piece, "Ein musikalischer Spaß," which is usually translated...