Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a influential Austrian composer of the Classical era.
He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as the finest of symphonic, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most popular of classical composers.
Mozart showed extraordinary ability from early childhood by being competent on the piano and violin. He composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At the age of 17, Mozart was hired as a court musician. Mozart died in 1791 at the age of 35. Many believe the cause was acute rheumatic fever.