A Brief Biography of Wolfgang Mozart, Plus his Horoscope

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We take a look at the life and times of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as a quick glance at his horoscope.

His early life

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, Austria to Leopold Mozart, and Maria Pertl Mozart. Leoplod was a successful composer, violinist and assistant concert master at the Salzburg court. His mother came from a successful upper middle class family of local community leaders.

By the time he was three, young Wolfgang was looking on and mimicking his seven-year old sister, Maria Anna, or "Nannerl" as she was nicknamed, while she took keyboard lessons from their father. The young Mozart quickly grasped an understanding of chords, intervals, tonality and tempo.

By the age of five he was demonstrating outstanding talent on both the clavinet and the violin, as well as in musical composition. In 1762, when he was six and his sister eleven, their father took them to the court of Bavaria in Munich, embarking on the first of several European tours. Performing as child prodigies, the siblings traveled with their father to London, Paris, The Hague and Zurich, and in 1769, when Mozart was thirteen, his father took him to Italy, without Nannerl, for a visit that would last almost two years.

While there, young Wolfgang heard Gregorio Allegri's Miserere performed in the Sistine Chapel. After hearing it only once, Mozart wrote out the entire score from memory. During this time he also wrote an opera, Mitridate, re di Ponto for the court of Milan. He was to write two more operas, Ascanio in Alba (1771) and Lucio Silla (1772).

Gaining fame

Upon his return from Italy, Hieronymus von Colleredo, the new Archbishop of Salzburg, appointed young Mozart, now fourteen, assistant concertmaster with a modest salary. Between 1773 and 1777 when he turned twenty-one, Mozart composed in many different musical genres, writing symphonies, writing for string quartets, sonatas, serenades and operas. During this time he became passionately interested in violin concertos and would write the only five he would ever produce. In 1776, according to biography.com, "...he turned his efforts to violin concertos, culminating in the Piano Concerto Number 9 in E flat major.

Mozart left Salzburg in 1777 hoping to better his fortunes elsewhere. Taking Nannerl with him, he traveled to Mannheim, Paris and Munich, where he eventually ran out of funds and was forced to pawn valuable personal items to pay for travel and living expenses.

After his mother died on July 3, 1778, he returned to Salzburg, where his father obtained for him the post of court organist in Salzburg.

In Vienna

Mozart was summoned to Vienna in March, 1781, by Archbishop von Collerado, who was attending the accession of Joseph II to the Austrian throne. According to biography.com..."The Archbishop's cool reception toward Mozart offended him. He was treated as a mere servant, quarreled with the help, and was forbidden from performing before the emperor for a fee equal to half his yearly salary in Salzburg. A quarrel ensued and Mozart offered to resign his post. The Archbishop refused at first, but then relented with an abrupt dismissal and physical removal from the Archbishop's presence. Mozart decided to settle in Vienna as a freelance performer and composer..."

He wed Constanze Weber on August 4, 1782, and they were to have six children together, only to of whom survived.

Mozart went on to great success in Vienna, where he would in 1784 perform in 22 concerts over a five-week period. He also rented large apartment buildings and large ballrooms in expensive restaurants where he would play selections of existing works as well as improvisations.

He and Constanze became used to living a lavish lifestyle, but by the late 1780s he was falling into serious financial difficulty. Austria was at war, he was performing less and his income shrank precipitously. He was reduced to borrowing from friends, but he would promptly pay them back whenever he managed to book a concert.

The end

By 1790 Mozart's fortunes took a turn for the better, as wealthy patrons in Hungary and in Amsterdam paid handsomely for him to write compositions for them. His health, however, began to decline. He had suffered from rheumatic fever all his life, and in September, 1791, he fell ill while in Prague for the premier of the opera La Clemenza di Tito, which he was producing for the coronation of Leopold II as king of Bohemia. His wife and his sister were called to try to nurse him back to health, but Mozart - perhaps now more conscious than ever of his own mortality - became obsessed with finishing his Requiem, and their efforts were in vain. He died at the age of thirty-five.

Mozart's funeral drew only a handful of mourners, and he was buried in a common grave. Over the course of his abbreviated lifetime he produced over 600 pieces of music of virtually every genre known at the time. His operas are full of deep psychological insights, unheard of before him, and the great bulk of his music continues to fascinate and enthrall musicians and lovers of music to this very day.

His horoscope

The first observation that jumps out at me when looking at Mozart's horoscope is the triple conjunction of the Sun, Saturn and Mercury in Aquarius in the fifth house of creative self expression. Mercury is the ruling planet of the entire horoscope, since it rules the Virgo ascendant. Thus we have the Sun, which indicates one's path or journey toward self-realization, Mercury, the planet of the mind, and Saturn, which refers to both ambition and discipline, all grouped together in the house that rules creativity and performance. Moreover, all three planets form an applying (moving toward exact) opposition to Neptune, the ruler of music.

Mercury's fifth house placement in Aquarius is not only indicative of unique and innovative (Aquarius) creativity (fifth house), but the planet is exalted in the sign of the water bearer and lends genius to his craft.

The fact that Saturn is just a little less than five-and-a-half degrees from the Sun is very interesting. By solar arc progression measurement, this means that Saturn "progressed" to a conjunction with the Sun at age five, exactly the age when Mozart was thrust into an adult (Saturn) world and was forced to act and behave as an adult.
The conjunction of these two planets also reveals the enormous influence his father had on him.

The Moon and Pluto are in an exact conjunction, with only one minute of arc separating them. This demonstrates that Mozart was able to access a deep (Pluto) emotional (Moon) well at the very roots of his psychological being (fourth house) and fully express that immense depth in his music.

Mozart was frequently at war with benefactors and employers during his career, which is indicated by his tenth house Mars.

Jupiter is in the second house, which among other things is always a repository of natural talent. Mozart's talent, needless to say, came to him most easily (Jupiter). Moreover, there are three separate bi-quintile aspects (144 degrees) in his horoscope. Bi-quintiles tend to be rare. They relate to inborn talent of great measure, and people who possess them are likely to be very creative artistically. To have three of them (Jupiter-Uranus, Sun-Mars, Mercury-Mars) as Mozart did, is exceedingly rare, and of course it marks his talent as abundant (Jupiter), unique (Uranus), reflective of genius (Mercury) and prolific (Mars).

A talent like his comes but once in a century - or even less often.

All photos and images from wikimedia commons

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
19th May 2013 (#)

You covered a huge range of things most people would have never known about Mozart, well done and fascinating as usual!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th May 2013 (#)

Thank you Mark. That is a much appreciated compliment.

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author avatar vpaulose
19th May 2013 (#)

Really very great, thank you dear brother Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th May 2013 (#)

And thank you, my brother vpaulose.

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author avatar Buzz
19th May 2013 (#)

I'm typing this while that beautiful classical music, a favorite of mine, is playing! Thanks, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th May 2013 (#)

Nice, isn't it. Thanks Buzz. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
19th May 2013 (#)

another of your great readings Steve...thank you so very much...LoL...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th May 2013 (#)

Thank you cnwriter. xoxo

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author avatar Retired
19th May 2013 (#)

Fascinating, as always. Love this series of interesting astrology charts, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th May 2013 (#)

Thanks very much rama devi. I appreciate your support.

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author avatar Retired
20th May 2013 (#)

Fantastic article! You've covered so much and I love the idea with the horoscope.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th May 2013 (#)

Thank you Sandra. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th May 2013 (#)

So uplifting to know the lives of immortals like Mozart who left such a lasting legacy despite his short years with us. Thank you Steve - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th May 2013 (#)

And thank you Siva. God bless.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
20th May 2013 (#)

Super interesting! Thanks Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th May 2013 (#)

Thank you C.D.

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author avatar Mariah
20th May 2013 (#)

Really informative article on this great composer Steve, quality images, interesting horoscope.
Thank you
Mariah

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th May 2013 (#)

Thank you Mariah.

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