Did you know Mozart’s middle name isn’t really Amadeus?

Mozart; Amadeus. Picture: Getty

Mozart; Amadeus. Picture: Getty

Turns out Mozart’s middle name and popular moniker, Amadeus, might have originated as a joke. Here’s the back story.

Mozart was baptised as (deep breath)… Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart.

At its root, Amadeus comes from the third of his long line of middle names, Theophilus: a Greek name meaning ‘lover of God’ or ‘loved by God’. In its German form, it translates as ‘Gottlieb’ while in Latin, it becomes ‘Amadeus’. Full story.

Maddy Shaw Roberts (Classic FM) / November 8, 2018

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