Born in Salzburg, he showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.
He composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music.
His song "Delle Hoelle Rache" was featured in The Rocketeer.
His song "String Quartet No.17 'Jagd' in B-Flat major, K.458" was featured in The Adventures of Huck Finn.
His song "Divertimento #17 In D, K. 334: III. Menuetto & Trio" was featured in Hocus Pocus.
His song "Don Giovanni Overture- Finale" was featured in Bonkers.
His song "Queen of the Night Aria" was featured in Operation Dumbo Drop.
His song "The Marriage of Figaro" was featured in Mr. Magoo.
His song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" was featured in Alice in Wonderland.
He appeared in The Little Mermaid tv episode Calliope Dreams, although his appearance is possibly anachronistic as Hans Christian Andersen also appeared in the show despite living over a full century later.