Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born 258 years ago this Monday. He was one of the great composers of any age, distinguishing himself in every musical form of his era.

He died at 35 but left behind a body of work we continue to listen to and fall in love with centuries later. His talent was almost superhuman.

“My personal theory is that he wasn’t really a human being at all, but a visitation from another world into our gene pool in some way,” CPRs Charley Samson argued recently. 

“Some people are so extraordinary as humans -- in the way that Shakespeare is, or Michelangelo -- we doubt their real humanity. Which is maybe a way of making us feel better.”

CPR Classical celebrates Mozart’s birthday today by playing his music every hour, as well as a look at his life and accomplishments at 8 p.m. A few of the highlights:

  • 7:30 a.m.: Twelve Variations on a French Nursery Theme ("Twinkle Twinkle variations")   
  • 9 a.m.: “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
  • 10 a.m.: Symphony No. 40  
  • 11 a.m.: Piano Concerto No. 21
  • Noon: Ave Verum Corpus
  • 1 p.m.: Requiem Mass
  • 2 p.m.: Jupiter Symphony (No. 41)
  • 5 p.m.: Five Fugues After Bach
  • 6 p.m.: “Marriage of Figaro” highlights
  • 7 p.m.: “A Portrait of Mozart”: A 90-minute walk through the composer's life.

Hear more of Charley Samson’s musings on Mozart in the audio above. Listen in the 9 a.m and 3 p.m. hours Monday to hear more of Charley Samson’s thoughts on Mozart’s childhood.