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2008-12-17 05:27:20

Austrian Classical composer Mozart is considered to have been a

child prodigy. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756

in Salzburg, Austria. At the age of three, it was apparent that

Mozart was a musical prodigy and he was taught to play the

harpsichord, violin, and organ by his father. Because of his

unusual ability, however, he was also somewhat exploited as a

"Wunderkind" in the courts of Europe. He composed his first song at

age five, and his first symphony at the age of eight. Another

musical child prodigy was Felix Mendelssohn. Born on 3 February

1809 in Hamburg, Germany, Mendelssohn was considered to be the

greatest child prodigy since Mozart. He wrote his first twelve

compositions, including symphonies and two operettas, before he was

fourteen, and by the time he was seventeen, his compositions had

developed maturity. He wrote incidental music for the performance

of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, including the Wedding

March that is played as the recessional at many weddings.

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