Today In Fact, 29 July

Ok so Mussolini’s birthday in 1888 needs to have a something perhaps a little less depressing for us to ponder. Well how about the death day of the son of arguably the world’s greatest musician?

Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart was born in Vienna today in 1791 to Wolfgang Amadeus and Constanze. The youngest Mozart was just five months old when his father died but he lived in his father’s shadow all his life. Salieri was his music tutor and he went on to become a composer, teacher and performer. Unlike his father however he was introverted and given to self-deprecation. He constantly underrated his talent and feared that whatever he produced would be compared with what his father had done.

Franz Mozart eventually settled in Lemberg and founded the musical brotherhood of Saint Cecilia. He moved about seeking work and performing, dying of stomach cancer in Karlsbad on this day in 1844.

He never married, nor did he have any children. His will was executed by Josephine de Baroni-Cavalcabò, his long-time patroness.

The shadow of his father loomed large over him even in death. The following epitaph was etched on his tombstone: “May the name of his father be his epitaph, as his veneration for him was the essence of his life.”

Having a genius for a dad must be tough?

– Posted by Douglas Racionzer (

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