What was Mozart doing at your age?

Because what have you actually achieved today?

Mozart age quiz

Mozart achieved an astonishing amount in his short life – he has hundreds or pieces to his name and achieved more in a month than most of us do in a decade.

So, to underline the point and to re-awaken all your dormant insecurities, we've put together this tool to find out exactly what Mozart was doing at your age:

What was Mozart doing at your age?

Get a dose of humility by finding out exactly what the most classical composer was up to when he was your age…

0-10

At the age of five, Mozart was already composing short pieces. He wrote his first symphony when he was 8 and began touring the courts of Europe with his father and sister at the age of 6. He visited London in 1764 and 1765 (when he was around 9) and was a celebrity before his tenth birthday.

11-15

 
At the age of 11 Mozart composed his first four (four!) piano concertos. He continued to tour the courts of Europe with his sister and father, travelling to London, Salzburg, The Hague and Bologna.
 
When in Rome, aged 14, the young prodigy heard a performance of Allegri’s Miserere – a work that was one of the Sistine Chapel’s most fiercely guarded pieces of music. If written copies of the music did exist, they were only circulated among choir members.
 
The 14-year-old wrote out the whole piece, flawlessly, from memory, later that evening.
 
He was also 14 when he wrote his first opera, Mitridate Re di Ponto.

16-20

In 1773, when he was just 17, Mozart landed his first job: he became a court musician for ruler of Salzburg, Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo.
 
Aged 18 he wrote his successful early opera La finta giardiniera, following up with Il re pastore – a commission from Archduke Maximilian Francis of Austria – the following year.
 
He wrote five (five!) violin concertos when he was 20

21

Aged 21, Mozart was employed as a court musician by the ruler of Salzburg, Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo.
 
At the age of 21 Mozart turned his attention to Piano Concertos – he wrote three this year, Nos 5-8.

22

At the age of 22, Mozart had been a court musician for the ruler of Salzburg, Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo, for four years. This year he wrote what has become one of his best-loved piano concertos, No.9 the ‘Jeunehomme’. But He was growing tired of life at the Salzburg court and wanted to write more operas.
 
He resigned from his post and headed out to hunt for a job.

23

It was around this time that Mozart fell in love with Aloysia Weber (he would actually go on to marry her sister Constanza) and headed to Paris in search of a job.
 
He may not have found a job but he did find time to write his ‘Paris’ Symphony (No. 31).

24

After a frustrating and fruitless job search in Paris, Mozart eventually returned to Salzburg to take up a new appointment as a court organist.
 
This year he also wrote his now rarely performed opera Zaide.

25

By this point Mozart had two jobs in Salzburg under his belt, had toured most of the continent and had written 31 symphonies and had dipped his toe into opera with early works like Bastien und Bastienne, Mitridate, re di Ponto – and he’d just started work on Idomeneo, his earliest opera that is still regularly performed today.

26

This year saw the premiere of Mozart’s Idomeneo – the composer’s earliest still regularly performed opera.
 
By this time Mozart was building a reputation as a composer (he did have 31 symphonies under his belt, after all) and he left his post at the court of Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo in Salzburg to forge a career on his own.

27

This is the year that Mozart composed his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail  to huge acclaim. His fame as a composer spread across Europe. This is also the year he wrote his 36th symphony, nicknamed the ‘Haffner’.
 
This was also the year that he married Constanze Weber – an accomplished musician herself – and the year that he got to know the music of J.S. Bach and Handel, both of whom influenced the young composer’s work.

28

This year Mozart composed one of his greatest works – the Mass in C minor. Around his time the composer also got to know the music of J.S. Bach and Handel – whose influence you can hear in some of his later music.
 
By this time Mozart had also written a healthy number of symphonies and this year he added two more to that number – No. 36 (the ‘Linz’) and No. 37.

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By this time Mozart had a surprising number of operas under his belt (even if few of them are still performed today). This year he adds The Goose of Cairo and The Deluded Bridegroom to that number.
 
This is also the year that Mozart meets Joseph Haydn, beginning one of the most famous friendships in musical history – Mozart dedicated six string quartets he wrote over this period to his fellow composer.

30

In 1785, when Mozart was 30, the composer Joseph Haydn wrote to Mozart’s father: “I tell you before God, and aas an honest man, your son is the greatest composer known to me by person and repute, he has taste and what it more the greatest skill in composition.”
 
By this time he had 37 Symphonies and 21 Piano Concertos under his belt and he was making a living by performing as a virtuoso pianist in Vienna.
 
During this period he was earning enough to buy an expensive new fortepiano, a billiard table and to send his son to an expensive boarding school.

31

This is the year that Mozart wrote one of his best known and best-loved works, the opera The Marriage of Figaro. He also notched up another symphony this year  the ‘Prague’ (No. 38) as well as bringing his number of piano concertos up to 25.

32

By this time, Mozart had written one of his best-loved operas – The Marriage of Figaro – and this year he added the monumental opera Don Giovanni to his CV.
 
This is also the year that he *may* have met Beethoven (tantalisingly we can’t be sure either way…).

33

This was a great year for symphonies – Mozart wrote Nos 39-41 this year, including the hugely famous ‘Jupiter’ (No. 41) and the ‘Great G minor’ (No. 40).
 
By this point he’d written 19 operas, including two indisputable masterpieces – The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.

34

Aged 34, Mozart had written 19 operas, 41 symphonies and 25 Piano Concertos. No. 26 was the famous ‘Coronation’ Piano Concerto, which he wrote this year.
 
By this time Mozart had stopped performing regularly in public and he and his family had moved out of central Vienna into the suburbs. He also began borrowing money and there have been suggestions that that the composer was suffering from depression at this point.

35

Aged 35, in 1790, Mozart was nearing the end of his life. And yet this was one of the most productive musical years of his 35 years so far.
 
This year saw Mozart add Così fan tutte and The Magic Flute to his operatic CV, as well as his Clarinet Concerto and most of a Requiem (which was completed after his death, by his student Franz Xaver Süssmayer)
 
Earlier in the year Mozart had also become a father for the sixth time (though only two of his and Constanze’s children survived infancy).
 
The composer died on 5th December 1791, aged 35 and his funeral took place two days later.

36

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for a year.

37

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for two years.

38

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for three years.

39

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for four years.

40

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for five years.

41

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for six years.

42

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for seven years.

43

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for eight years.

44

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for nine years.

45

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for ten years.

46

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 11 years.

47

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 12 years.

48

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 13 years.

49

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 14 years.

50

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 15 years.

51

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 16 years.

52

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 17 years.

53

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 18 years.

54

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 19 years.

55

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 20 years.

56

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 21 years.

57

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 22 years.

58

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 23 years.

59

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 24 years.

60

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 25 years.

61

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 26 years.

62

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 27 years.

63

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 28 years.

64

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 29 years.

65

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 30 years.

66

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 31 years.

67

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 32 years.

68

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 33 years.

69

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for 34 years.

70 or over

By this time Mozart had written 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 22 operas, 17 (and a half) masses… and he’d been dead for over 35 years.

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