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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART - THE LIFE

1786

The Operas Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario) (KV 486) and "Le Nozze di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro) (KV 492), text by Lorenzo Da Ponte, are first performed in Vienna.

1787

Mozart and his wife attend the acclaimed performance of the "Le Nozze di Figaro" and in autumn travel to Prague for the premiere of the "Don Giovanni" (KV 527). Another journey leads him first to Dresden, Meißen, and Potsdam, then on to Berlin, seat of the Prussian court of the king Friedrich Wilhelm II. Because of his frequent journeys and his passion for gambling Mozart continuously asks his friends to lend him money. On May 28, his father Leopold Mozart dies in Salzburg. After Christoph Willibald Gluck's death, Mozart is appointed Imperial Chamber Composer at the court of the Emperor Joseph II, with an annual pay of 800 Gulden. In 1787 he writes the famous Serenade Eine kleine Nachtmusik (KV 525).

1788

In February Mozart completes the Concerto in D major for Piano, (KV 537, "Coronation"). On May 7 "Don Giovanni" debuts in Vienna, with Aloysia Lange in the role of Donna Anna. In this same year Mozart composes the last three great Symphonies No. 39 (KV 543), No. 40 (KV 550) and No. 41 "Jupiter" (KV 551).

1756-1761 1783-1785   1789-1790 1791
Of Mozart's six children, only Carl Thomas (born in 1784) and Franz Xaver Wolfgang (born in 1791) will reach adulthood (ISM)