Today in 1756, two hundred fifty-eight years ago,
Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart--
also known as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart--
was born in Salzburg, Austria.
Although Mozart did enjoy crass and "off-color" humor,
Alex von Tunzelmann, writing for the Guardian UK,
says the characterizations of him as spoiled and self-centered are not true.
But what is true is that no one can match his musical genius.
Mozart's Fortepiano, an earlier version of today's piano
And what a gift it is to all of us.
What better way to celebrate during winter's cold
than an evening by the fire listening to Mozart.
In honor of the anniversary of his birth,
listen to some of his most popular works.
The link below contains about two hours of his music.
The Best of Mozart, compliments of Halidon Music: