Learning compositions from his father at the age of three, andperfecting ballads for neighbors and friends by age four, WolfgangMozart would become one of the greatest composers in his time. Manymodern day critics, scholars, and composers have revered him as thegreatest of all time. While his father was one ofEurope’s leading violin teachers, Mozart would have an early affinityfor the piano. When his father realized his son could play at such anearly age, he quit his job to ensure Mozart would have the best musicaleducation possible. He also had financial interests in his son’s fameand just after he could walk and talk properly, had him touring as avirtuoso in Europe’s most famous courts. This groundwork would ensurethat Mozart would be well known by the time he began creating his ownmusical compositions. At the age of 24, Mozart’s firstgreat work for the stage debuted in Munich, Germany. It would be inVienna, though, that Wolfgang would be properly funded by the upperclass. However, after a fall-out with another one of his financers,Mozart had to freelance and accept commissions from other members ofthe royalty. It wouldn’t be for another two years, until Mozart wrote,played, and performed solo [i]Die Entführung aus dem Serail[/i] that his fame and fortune would grow by leaps and bounds. He then released [i]Mass in C Minor[/i] in Salzburg, which would become one of his most endearing compositions. Mozart’swork was made up of different periods of music. Some of it is said toreflect his life. The Enlightenment period affected his composition asmuch as music he had heard in England and Paris as a younger artist.The writing of the [i]Requiem[/i] was said to take place amidst hisfailing health and was written for his own self – although this reporthas been debated. The biography of Wolfgang Mozart was written in 1809based on letters that the composer had written. Even if his prestigeoutlived his wealth, he is still regarded as the composer of composers.