Mozart's name

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The composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart went by many different names in his lifetime. This resulted partly from the church traditions of the day, and partly from the fact that Mozart was multilingual and freely adapted his name to other languages.

Baptismal record

Mozart was baptized on 28 January 1756, the day after his birth, at St. Rupert's Cathedral in Salzburg as Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. The baptismal register of the cathedral parish contains the entry shown below, written down in Latin by city chaplain Leopold Lamprecht. The parallel five-column format of the original document, seen in the figure, is transcribed below in five consecutive paragraphs. Material in brackets represents editorial additions by Otto Erich Deutsch (see below), intended for clarification.<blockquote><poem> 28. med 11. merid baptizatus est : natus pridie äh 8. vespJoannes Chrysost Wolfgangus Theophilus fil legNob D Leopoldus Mozart Aulæ Musicus, et Maria Anna Pertlin giugesNob D Joannes Theophilus Pergmaÿr Senator et Mercator civicus p t sponsusIdem Leopoldus Lamprecht Capellanus Civicus</poem></blockquote>

Mozart's first two baptismal names, "Joannes Chrysostomus," represent his saint's name, following the custom of the Catholic Church. They result from the fact that his birthday, 27&nbsp;January, was the feast day of St. John Chrysostom. The document also records that Mozart was of legitimate birth and gives the names of his...
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