At a Glance
The lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn are eerily similar. Both were child prodigies-precocious child performers and composers who took the musical world by storm. Both also died tragically young, Mozart at 35 and Mendelssohn at 38, robbing the musical world of their great genius far too early. Though they never met (Mendelssohn was born 18 years after Mozart's death), they are both known for their sense of proportion and elegance in their works, while also balancing the cheerful with the grand, the poignant with the playful.