Happy Birthday Mozart!

Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart was born at 9 Getrei­de­gasse in Salzburg, cap­i­tal of the sov­er­eign Arch­bish­opric of Salzburg in what is now Aus­tria on the 27th Jan­u­ary 1756.

A musi­cal prodi­gy, he wrote his first con­cer­to at the age of 4, his first sym­pho­ny at 7, and his first opera at 12. His musi­cal out­put was enor­mous, hav­ing com­posed over 600 known works, many acknowl­edged as the pin­na­cle of clas­si­cal com­po­si­tion.

Yet for all his prodi­geous out­put, Mozart’s lifestyle exceed­ed his income and he died aged 35 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Vien­na. His pop­u­lar­i­ty has nev­er wavered and per­for­mances of his music have con­tin­ued for cen­turies.

Today’s pro­gramme is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now in-world at http://music.radioriel.org, or click one of the but­tons below. Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Edward Pearse.

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