Mozart's music, like Haydn's, stands as an archetype of the Classical style. In his time European music was dominated by the style galant, a reaction against the highly evolved intricacy of the Baroque. Progressively, and in large part at the hands of Mozart himself, the contrapuntal complexities of the late Baroque emerged once more. Mozart was a versatile composer, and wrote in every major genre, including symphony, opera, solo concerto, chamber music including string quartet and string quintet, and the piano sonata. He almost single-handedly developed and popularized the Classical piano concerto. Peter discusses these works and also Mozart’s works in religious music, including large-scale masses, dances, divertimenti, serenades, and other forms of light entertainment.
During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons.