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35 Interesting Facts About Mozart

Here are 35 interesting Mozart facts.

1-5 Mozart Facts

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1. There was a song written in the 1630s that was performed only in the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican kept the composition of the piece secret for 150 years until the 14-year-old Mozart listened to the piece two times, transcribed it from memory, and produced the first unauthorized copy of the song. – Source

2. Mozart heard a starling at market whistling an unpublished tune he was working on, he bought the starling to preserve secrecy, recorded the melody it sang in his notebook and gave it an elaborate funeral when it died three years later. – Source

3. Mozart had a “startling fondness” for poop jokes, which is preserved in his surviving letters. – Source

4. When Mozart was 8 years old, he was tested by the Royal Society to determine if he was a child or an adult dwarf. They were convinced of his age when, in the middle of playing a piece, he was distracted by a cat running through the room. – Source

5. Mozart once conducted an orchestra, at the demands of the crowd, after standing during the performance and shouting that the orchestra had played a wrong note. – Source


6-10 Mozart Facts

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6. Despite the claims of the play/movie “Amadeus”, W.A. Mozart and Antonio Salieri were actually good friends, supportive of each others’ work, and there is no evidence that Salieri obstructed Mozart’s career other than the fact that Salieri was more established and well known. – Source

7. Mozart composed a song called “Lick Me in the Ass”. – Source

8. Mozart sold more CDs in 2016 than any other artist. – Source

9. After Mozart died, his wife married a Danish diplomat who’s headstone reads “here lies the husband of Mozart’s widow”. – Source

10. Mozart wrote an intentionally bad piece of music to emulate the style of an incompetent composer. – Source


11-15 Mozart Facts

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11. When W.A. Mozart was seven he was giving a concert in front of royalty in Vienna when he slipped. Marie Antoinette helped him up and he immediately proposed to marry her. – Source

12. Benjamin Franklin invented a musical instrument, which uses water and glass, that Mozart wrote songs for. – Source

13. Mozart and Beethoven both regarded Handel as the most accomplished composer, ever. – Source

14. Mozart was something of a procrastinator. He completed the “Overture to Don Giovanni” the day before it premiered. – Source

15. When Mozart wasn’t writing one of his 600 masterpieces he was writing dirty letters to his female cousin saying that he wanted to “sh*t on her nose” and watch it “drip down her chin.” – Source

16-20 Mozart Facts

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16. The exact reason behind Mozart’s death is still unknown. Researchers have proposed at least 118 causes of death, ranging from influenza to mercury poisoning. – Source

17. While Mozart and his future wife Constanze were dating, they briefly broke up after she allowed a man to measure her calves during a parlor game. – Source

18. The Mozart Effect is believed to reduce epileptic activity. The only pieces of music known to do this are Mozart’s K.448 and Piano Concerto No. 23 and Yanni’s Acroyali/Standing in Motion. – Source

19. Once Mozart boasted that he could compose and play a piano piece that his teacher Haydn could not. Angered, his teacher tried and failed. However, Mozart accomplished the feat because he used his famously long nose to reach the one that his teacher could not. – Source

20. Neither of Mozart’s surviving sons ever married nor had any children, thus there are no direct descendants of Mozart. – Source

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