8 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Despite a very short life, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a child prodigy, managed to do in 30 years what many cannot do in a lifetime. Mozart began composing melodies at the age of 5 and by the time of his death, he had made over 600 compositions. At the time of his death, many argued that a genius like Mozart would not appear for another 100 years, in fact, they had to wait over 200 years for someone to come along who could match Mozart’s repertoire. Even today, his melodies continue to influence and inspire other composers of western classical music.