250th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF MOZART

250th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF MOZART  

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, on 27 January 1756. His father Leopold was a violinist and became aware of the artistic giftedness of his two children, Wolfgang and Anna. He decided not to take up any work in order to dedicate all his time to teaching his children music. At four years of age, young Wolfgang was already playing the violin and the harpsichord and at age six he began to compose his own music. The family began to travel throughout Europe where both children were able to perform publicly and to come into contact with artistic circles prevalent on the old Continent at that time. It would be impossible to list all of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's masterpieces, making him one of the greatest composers of all time. The renowned artist died on 5 December 1791 at the early age of 35. Vatican City would like to pay homage to him with this special philatelic series. Depicted on the stamp is a very fine etching of Mozart's portrait (by Barbara Krafft, 1819), and at the bottom, the musical notes of “Alleluia - Requiem Exsultate, Jubilate”, composed in 1773 in Milan. At the bottom of the page containing the six stamp values, notes are shown from his 'Fugue in D Major for Piano'.