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I don't mean this in a "hurr durr IQ hurr durr GENIOUS" way. Do we know if Mozart specifically studied folk songs, lieder etc. over learning fugues and counterpoint?

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    Consider re-titling your question along the lines of "How was Mozart trained in melody writing?"
    – Aaron
    Commented Mar 25, 2023 at 21:52
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    Interestingly, studying fugues and counterpoint is one way to gain mastery over many aspects of melody. It’s not a distraction from melody writing at all. Commented Mar 26, 2023 at 0:09
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    I would edit your first sentence to fit the writing style used here, but I'm not totally sure what it means- maybe that you want an explanation other than being "naturally gifted"?
    – Edward
    Commented Mar 26, 2023 at 2:31
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    Do you have any reason to believe that Mozart was better at writing melodies than his contemporaries?
    – Lazy
    Commented Mar 26, 2023 at 6:01
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    Maybe he took the Emperor's advice & reduced the number of notes ;))
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Mar 26, 2023 at 8:38

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Mozart was trained by his father, as well as other composers. He also attended a conservatory, where he studied traditional composition. He did not "revolutionize" anything- most of his music relied on currently established compositional techniques, which I suppose answers your question- he most likely studied fugues and counterpoint.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Wolfgang-Amadeus-Mozart

i got all of this information here. It's quite a googleable question, so if you want more information, take a look at the link :)

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