Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756–1791)

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Probably the greatest musical genius of all time, starting a musical career at age four and composition at six. His father was also a gifted violinist. Among his seven sibs, the only other survivor, Maria Anna, was also a very talented performer, although less renowned (see Fig. M124). musical talent, genius

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Figure M124.

Mozart family portrait. Maria Anna (Nannerl), Amadeus, mother Anna Maria, father Leopold. (Coutesy of Steve Boerner)