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Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart (July 26, 1791 – July 29, 1844), also known as F. X. Mozart and as W. A. Mozart Sohn (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jr.), is the youngest child of six born to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He was a composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher. He was named in honour of his father and his father’s student and close friend, Franz Xaver Süssmayr.

Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart was born on July 26, 1791 in Vienna. Wolfgang Amadeus, Jr. was born five months before his father’s death, but he spent his entire life in the shadow of the father he never knew.

He received excellent musical instruction from Antonio Salieri and Johann Nepomuk Hummel. He learned to play both the piano and violin. Like his father, he started to compose at an early age.

Franz Xaver became a professional musician and enjoyed moderate success both as a teacher and a performer. Unlike his father, 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.

His first piano concert was in 1805, when he was 14. Needing some money, in 1808, he travelled to Lviv, where he gave music lessons to the daughters of the count Baworowski.

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