Mozart was a ghostwriter. So what?

April 23, 2019

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the greatest composers who ever lived, also had to live. Meaning, he had to eat. You know, put bread on the table for his wife and wolfies. He had to feed the wolfpack, so to speak. 

Mozart was paid to write music, of course, but on occasion he was paid to write music anonymously. 

That is to say, Mozart was a ghostwriter. 

So, as implied in the headline, what does that mean for you? 

Well, The Best Ghostwriters do not just ghostwrite for our clients, we also write for ourselves. Because that’s what writers do: We write. It’s what we were born to do. And we always give it our best, whether we're writing for ourselves or for our clients.

Just like Mozart was born to compose great music. Even when he tried to write poorly, he couldn’t really do it. His composition “A Musical Joke” was meant as a parody of poor musical composition, but it was actually ahead of its time, using polytonality (two musical keys at the same time) long before the technique was widely known and utilized in classical music. More than a hundred years after Mozart’s death, actually. It’s also a well loved piece today; here’s a little taste you may recognize from Britain's Horse of the Year Show. 

Mozart’s final work was a ghostwritten composition for Count Franz van Walsegg, but was actually completed by another ghostwriter (sort of). 

Mozart’s magnificent Requiem Mass in D Minor, which he was working on at the time of his death, was actually completed by Franz Xaver Süssmayr, one of his students.

Count Walsegg never got the chance to take credit for the work, however, because Mrs. Mozart spilled the beans, given that it was her husband’s last composition, and all. Or she may have just been upset that Walsegg never made the final payment. 

In any event, if you’ve got a desire to produce your own masterpiece and need a little help (or a lot), give The Best Ghostwriters a call at 323-539-7635 or send us an email

We promise not to spill the beans.