Leopold Mozart (1719-1787)
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Composers and their dads: famous fathers in classical music
5. Leopold Mozart (1719-1787)
Mozart's father (pictured on the right) was a virtuosic violinist in his own right, playing professionally in the court of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. He taught both his children, Wolfgang and Nannerl, and made a name for the family as touring musicians. His violin book, Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule, was highly influential in its day.