Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Composer

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical period. Born in Salzburg, Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. 1 2 3

Daily Routine

Mozart rose at 6 am each morning, he first had his hair dressed and would finish getting ready by 7 am. He spent the next two hours writing and from 9 am until 1 pm he would teach lessons.

In the afternoon, Mozart typically dined around 2 to 3 pm unless he was invited out for dinner which would change his routine.

The Austrian composer did not start work before 5 or 6 pm in the evening, he was frequently unable to because of concerts. If the circumstances permit, Mozart would write until 9 pm. After finishing the day’s work, Mozart visited his wife, Constanze, however, in a letter he penned in 1782 he wrote: “though our pleasure in meeting is frequently embittered by the unkind speeches of her mother. Thence comes my wish to liberate and rescue her as soon as possible.” Depending on “the mother’s humor, or on my patience in bearing it” he wrote, Mozart usually returned home at 10:30 to 11 pm.

Mozart couldn’t depend on writing in the evenings due to concerts or other commitments, therefore, he developed the habit of writing before he went to bed which was usually around 1 am.