How old were the great composers when they wrote their masterpieces? Zuckerberg birthday edition

14 May 2014, 12:28

In celebration of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg's 30th birthday, we're taking a look at a few other earth-shattering musical milestones. Click the image above for a larger version.

Mark Zuckerberg, the mastermind behind Facebook, turns 30 today - and it's fair to say he's achieved more in his lifetime than many of us could ever dream of. At the tender age of 19, the teenage genius changed the internet (and the world of classical music online) forever... but can the same be said of our favourite classical composers?

Infographic: How tall were the great composers?

We couldn't resist taking a look at when a few of the greatest musical minds penned works that shook the world of classical music to its core - and changed it for the better. While Mozart had already written ten symphonies before he'd hit his teens, Richard Strauss continued to write well into his twilight years, hitting the compositional ball firmly out of the park with his ethereal Four Last Songs.

Take a look at what these great composers achieved, and how they compare to Zuckerberg, by clicking the image above to see a larger version.

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