Being a composer, I know that Mozart is God's way of letting you know that you are far from perfect.

While Beethoven, Stravinsky, Haydn, Brahms, Debussey, etc etc worked long and laboriously for that one piece, making notes that were reams of paper long and scratching out every other line, Mozart could (and always did) sit down and completely write out his piece in one go, with it being perfectly orchestrated, notated, and publishable from the first draft. He sometimes wrote entire symphonies in a day.

Opera of course, took a little longer... Don Giovanni took him all of three weeks to write.

Here's a secret that musicologists the world over don't want me to tell you, but I will anyways:


His father did.

I'm not saying his genius is deprecated by this, or that the quality of his work before he lost all of his baby teeth is poor. I just thought that antiquity should know.