New historical documents prove that for most of his life, Mozart was not poor – he was a part of high society, and as such he was fairly wealthy. Although letters show Mozart constantly borrowing money from friends for various reasons, such as travel, these new documents show Mozart made 10,000 florins a year. While at the time someone could live comfortably on 450 florins a year.
Mozart was quite wealthy, but did not manage his money well. It seems as though he squandered it away on frivolous things and had a high gambling debt. So although he made a lot of money, he did not have much by the end of his life.
By the time he died in 1791, he did not have any financial security. After his death Mozart’s wife barely had enough money to bury him, as well as deal with the financial debt he left behind to those including his tailor, pharmacist and cobbler. He was buried in a pauper’s grave with a simple column (see picture above), which furthered the idea he had been poor all his life.
Although he struggled financially at the end of his life, he was able to create beautiful music like The Magic Flute Diaries!