“Praise Him with the stringed instruments and pipe… Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” —Psalm 150:4b,6
The Birth of Mozart, January 27, 1756
olfgang Amadeus Mozart has one of those famous names that requires only his surname for everyone to know to whom you refer. Mozart would live only thirty-five years but he built a musical reputation that has few rivals in history. He inspired his younger contemporaries Ludwig von Beethoven, Josef Haydn, and many other composers in his own day and long after. His compositions included string quartets, operas, symphonies, concertos, requiems, piano chamber music and more — some 600 compositions in all. Mozart’s musical genius had few rivals in history, and he did not wait long in life to begin.
“Mozart is the highest, the culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music.” —Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
This 1819 posthumous portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was created by a wellknown Salzburg artist who was granted access by Mozart’s still-living sister, Nannerl, to several earlier images of Mozart to help portray an accurate likeness