Austrian composer, one of the most ingenious musical authors of all times. As a seven-year old child prodigy, he filled with enthusiasm the listeners at all European courts.
Later on, as a freelance composer in Vienna, he had a hard life and died in poverty. Together with Haydn and Beethoven, he embodies the magnificent triple-constellation of Viennese classicism.
His invention is inexhaustible, and prolific output incredible: during his short life he composed more than 600 pieces of music. He is at his best in operas, symphonies, concerts for various instruments, chamber and piano music, and in sacred music as well.
To clarinet he dedicated one of his most beautiful works, Concerto in A flat major and the Quintet for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra in the same key.
Taken from my book