A star is born

Mozart, child prodigy

January 27, 1756 at 8 o’clock in the morning, Anna Maria Mozart gives birth to a little boy, who is baptized to the name Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus (lat. Amadeus) in the family’s apartment in Getreidegasse Nr. 9, Salzburg.

His father Leopold, who was the vice-Kapellmeister at the court of Salzburg’s Archbishop, was soon aware of the talents of the boy and taught him music from an early stage on.

In 1761, Mozart and his sister Nannerl play at their first concert in Salzburg. At the age of five Mozart composes his first pieces of music, which his father notes on paper.

In January 1762, Leopold takes his two children to Munich to introduce them to the court of the Bavarian Elector, who is highly impressed. The family moves on to Passau, Linz and finally Vienna. During the very tiring travels, both children are affected by several sicknesses.

In October 1762, the famous concert of the Mozart children in front of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresia takes place. The Empress shows her appreciation by giving 100 ducats and precious clothes to the children.

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Mozarts Geburtshaus in der Getreidegasse 9 in Salzburg.