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Year Events in Mozart’s Life Mozart’s Age Contemporary World Events
1755     Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary is published
1756 (January 27): Born in Salzburg    
1757   1 The beginning of the British Empire in India
William Blake Born
1758   2  
1759   3 Voltaire’sCandide
1760   4  
1761 Earliest compositions 5  
1762 Started first sonata
Travels in Munich where he and his sister perform for Bavarian Elector Maximilian III Joseph
6 Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Social Contract
1763 Travels include Ulm, Brussels, Frankfort, Cologne, Paris 7  
1764 First symphony 8  
1765   9 Invention of the steam engine
1766 First public performance of one of his symphonies 10  
1767   11  
1768   12  
1769   13  
1770   14 William Wordsworth born
Ludvig van Beethoven born
1771   15  
1772   16 Samuel Taylor Coleridge born
1773   17 Boston Tea Party
Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer (drama)
1774   18 Goethe writes The Sorrows of Werther
1775   19 Jane Austen born
Sarah Siddons appears for the first time at Drury Lane, London
1776   20 Declaration of Independence
Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
1777 Travels in Munich, Mannheim, and Paris with Mother 21  
1778 Mother dies 22  
1779 Court organist for Archbishop of Salzburg 23  
1780   24  
1781   25 British defeated at Yorktown
1782 Marries Constanze Weber
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
26  
1783 Raimund Leopold, Mozart’s first child, born (dies a year later) 27 Treaty of Paris (British recognition of American independence)
1784 Karl Thomas, Mozart’s second child born 28  
1785   29  
1786 Le nozze di Figaro
Johann Thomas Leopold, third child, born (dies shortly after)
30  
1787 Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Theresia, fourth child, born (dies a year later)
Father dies
31  
1788   32  
1789 Anna Maria, fifth child, born and dies
Franz Xavier Wolfgang, sixth child, born
33  
1790   34  
1791 Die Zauberflöte
Requiem in d minor (unfinished)
(December 5): Dies in Vienna
35 Storming of the Bastille
William Blake writes “Song of Innocence”
1792     Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
Mary Wollstonescraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
1793     Thomas Paine's Rights of Man
Bill of Rights is ratified
Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette executed and the Reign of Terror begins

 

   

 

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