Franz Schubert, when reflecting on the life and legacy of Mozart, wrote in his diary, "O Mozart! Immortal Mozart! What countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls!"
Couldn't have said it better ourselves. January 27, 2022, marks the 266th anniversary of Mozart's birth. We'll celebrate with music by the composer each hour. Some highlights you won't want to miss ...
The Big One at One
Piano Concerto #26, "Coronation"
The Morning Masterpiece
Cabin Fever Reliever
Symphony #38, "Prague"
Most Wanted Hour
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
The Score at Four
Piano Concerto #21 ("Elvira Madigan" Concerto)
Listen all day, January 27, for KBACH's Mozart Birthday Bash! In the meantime, enjoy these five fun Mozart facts ...
- Mozart’s full name was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. Seriously. Amadeus is Latin for the Greek, Theophilus. Mozart prefered the Italian, Amadè.
- Scholars debate how old Mozart was—four or five (!)—when he composed his first work.
- The adult composer never outgrew a scatological sense of humor. His letters to family often included toilet jokes.
- Mozart loved animals. He had several birds when living in Vienna, and he wrote a “Poem to a dead starling” in 1787 after the passing of a favorite feathered friend.
- Despite his short life (Mozart died at 35), he composed more than 600 works.