Cécilia Bartoli sings Mozart
Report in Salzburg on the festivities and the concerts commemorating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birthday, and interview with singer Cécilia Bartoli who will be singing tonight.
I'm telling you this before God, as an honest man, your son is the greatest composer I know?. This quote from Haydn says it all. For most people, Mozart is to music like Leonardo da Vinci is to painting?
Born in Salzburg in 1756, son of a composer, Wolfgang was a child prodigy. He showed his gifts from the age of three years old and was sat at the clavier at five. At six, he gave his first work. His father presented it in Munich and in Vienna, then exhibited him as a fairground phenomena throughout Europe. But Wolfgang learned and wrote his first opera at the age of eleven. He was employed as court musician in Salzburg, a job that would soon start so wear him down. He often went to Italy and was introduced to Haydn in Vienna with whom he would stay in touch with throughout his life. For five years he debated between Munich, Paris, Salzburg again and Vienna to find his independence. In 1782, with The Abduction from the Seraglio he found recognition. He moved to Vienna and married Constance Weber. This was his period of masterpieces: The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, the great symphonies... Financial difficulties overcame him and he had to face, in a precarious state of health, an enormous pile of work.The Magic Flute was a success, then the famous commission of theRequiem, that he would never finish. He died on the 5th of December 1791, at 35 years old.