He showedmusical gifts at a very early age, composing when he was five and when he was six playing before the Bavarian elector and the Austrian empress. Leopold felt that it was proper, and might also beprofitable, to exhibit his children's God-given Genius.
Mozart astonished his audiences with his precocious skills; he played to the French and English royal families, had his first music published and wrotehis earliest symphonies.
They spent 1769 in Salzburg; 1770-73 saw three visits to Italy, where Mozart wrote two operas and a serenata for performance in Milan, and acquainted himself with Italianstyles.
1773 saw a further visit to Vienna, probably in the hope of securing a post; there Mozart wrote a set of string quartets and, on his return, wrote a group of symphonies including his twoearliest, nos.25 in g Minor and 29 in A, in the regular repertory. Apart from a joumey to Munich for the premiere of his opera La finta giardiniera early in 1775, the period from 1774 to mid-1777 was spentin Salzburg, where Mozart worked as Konzertmeister at the Prince- Archbishop's court; his works of these years include masses, symphonies, all his violin concertos, six piano sonatas, severalserenades and divertimentos and his first great piano concerto, K271.
He was sent, with his mother, to Munich and to Mannheim, but was offered no position (though he stayed over four months at Mannheim,composing for piano and flute and falling in love with Aloysia Weber). His father then dispatched him to Paris: there he had minor successes, notably with his Paris Symphony, no.31, deftly designed forthe local taste. But prospects there were poor and Leopold ordered him home, where a superior post had been arranged at the court. He returned slowly and alone; his mother had died in Paris. The years...