Recognizing the special abilities of his children, Leopold devoted more time to teaching his children. He was a loving father as he was an exacting teacher. Wolfgang, though, found pleasure in learning. He "was motivated to make progress even beyond what his father was teaching him. His first independent (and ink-spattered) composition, and his initial ability to play the violin, were both his own doing and were a great surprise to Leopold." (Deutsch pp.452-453) At that point, Leopold started to consider ambitious plans in his mind. Partly perhaps out of parental pride, partly perhaps out of duty as he did not doubt his children's talent were God-given, he set forth to bring his young prodigies on tour to the courts of Europe.
Wolfgang was six when in January, 1762, his father brought them to the nearby Munich court of Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bavaria. It was Wolfgang's first exposition. The following three years were hectic for the young Mozarts. Leopold Mozart took his family to a long concert tour to the courts of Munich, Mannheim, Paris, London and The Hague. This foreshadowed the eight more years ahead of traveling Europe.. It was during these travels and performances when the young Wolfgang also met other musicians and got acquainted with their works.
A prolific writer, Mozart wrote many of his music during that period of travel. "Most composers created music at the point of a pencil, writing and erasing over and over until they got down what they wanted. Mozart, however, created exclusively in his head; then he wrote it all out once, once only, never erasing a note."(Shepherd, pg. 5)
Following their final return to Salzburg in 1773, Mozart, who was seventeen then, was employed as a court musician by the ruler of Salzburg Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo. It was a productive period musically for Mozart. "He had the opportunity to compose in many genres, including symphonies, sonatas, string quartets, serenades, and the occasional opera. Some of the works he produced during this early period are widely performed today."( Solomon, pg.103) He was there, however, for only four years. Meager pay and boredom did him. He longed for a much larger musical space and stage. So, with his mother, Mozart journeyed back around Europe job hunting and seeking for more challenging musical opportunities. It was during this period when he met and fell in love with Aloysia Weber, in Mannheim. That time the Mannheim Orchestra was reputed to be the best in Europe too. His job-hunting journey yielded little success. Just about a year after his departure from the Salzburg court, he was back in 1779, this time as court organist and concertmaster with a much better pay.
His discontent, however, remained and it showed in the many conflicts he had with the Prince-Archbishop Colleredo, whose side his father Leopold always took. He was eventually dismissed. But as Mozart has always been strongly drawn towards Vienna, he moved in with the Weber family that has since moved from Mannheim to Vienna in 1781. Aloysia, who had earlier rejected Mozart's wooing, was then married already to an actor. Mozart's interest shifted towards Aloysia's younger sister, Constanze. Against