Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Biography

Born: Jan 27, 1756; Austria   Died: Dec 5, 1791; Austria   Period: Classical
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not only one of the greatest composers of the Classical period, but one of the greatest of all time. Surprisingly, he is not identified with radical formal or harmonic innovations, or with the profound kind of symbolism heard in some of Bach's works. Mozart's best music has a natural flow and irresistible charm, and can express humor, joy or sorrow with both conviction and mastery. His operas, especially his later Read more efforts, are brilliant examples of high art, as are many of his piano concertos and later symphonies. Even his lesser compositions and juvenile works feature much attractive and often masterful music.
Mozart was the last of seven children, of whom five did not survive early childhood. By the age of three he was playing the clavichord, and at four he began writing short compositions. Young Wolfgang gave his first public performance at the age of five at Salzburg University, and in January, 1762, he performed on harpsichord for the Elector of Bavaria. There are many astonishing accounts of the young Mozart's precocity and genius. At the age of seven, for instance, he picked up a violin at a musical gathering and sight-read the second part of a work with complete accuracy, despite his never having had a violin lesson.
In the years 1763 - 1766, Mozart, along with his father Leopold, a composer and musician, and sister Nannerl, also a musically talented child, toured London, Paris, and other parts of Europe, giving many successful concerts and performing before royalty. The Mozart family returned to Salzburg in November 1766. The following year young Wolfgang composed his first opera, Apollo et Hyacinthus. Keyboard concertos and other major works were also coming from his pen now.
In 1769, Mozart was appointed Konzertmeister at the Salzburg Court by the Archbishop. Beginning that same year, the Mozarts made three tours of Italy, where the young composer studied Italian opera and produced two successful efforts, Mitridate and Lucio Silla. In 1773, Mozart was back in Austria, where he spent most of the next few years composing. He wrote all his violin concertos between 1774 and 1777, as well as Masses, symphonies, and chamber works.
In 1780, Mozart wrote his opera Idomeneo, which became a sensation in Munich. After a conflict with the Archbishop, Mozart left his Konzertmeister post and settled in Vienna. He received a number of commissions now and took on a well-paying but unimportant Court post. In 1782 Mozart married Constanze Weber and took her to Salzburg the following year to introduce her to his family. 1782 was also the year that saw his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail staged with great success.
In 1784, Mozart joined the Freemasons, apparently embracing the teachings of that group. He would later write music for certain Masonic lodges. In the early- and mid-1780s, Mozart composed many sonatas and quartets, and often appeared as soloist in the fifteen piano concertos he wrote during this period. Many of his commissions were for operas now, and Mozart met them with a string of masterpieces. Le nozze di Figaro came 1786, Don Giovanni in 1787, Così fan tutte in 1790 and Die Zauberflöte in 1791. Mozart made a number of trips in his last years, and while his health had been fragile in previous times, he displayed no serious condition or illness until he developed a fever of unknown origin near the end of 1791. Read less
The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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The Berliner Philharmoniker Play Mozart
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Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
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Mozart: The Piano Quartets / Ax, Stern, Ma, Laredo
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Catalog: 56121   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
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Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Eine kleine Nachtmusik

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  • 176.
    Handel/Harty: Water Music, Etc;  Mozart / Antal Dorati
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434398 Release Date: 05/12/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Festival Chamber Orchestra
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  • 177.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90008 Release Date: 04/07/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 178.
    Mozart Legendary Interpretations - George Szell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46515 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Judith Raskin
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 179.
    Mozart Legendary Interpretations- Budapest String Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46527 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alexander Schneider,  Joseph Roisman,  Walter Trampler,  Mischa Schneider  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest String Quartet
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  • 180.
    Take 2 - Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Symphonies 40 & 41
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 63272 Release Date: 09/02/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  Rafael Kubelik,  Jean-Claude Malgoire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Collegium Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
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  • 181.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Etc / Böhm, Et Al
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 453076 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Galway,  Horst Eichler,  Lothar Koch,  Thomas Brandis  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra members,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members
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  • 182.
    Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Serenade K 185 / Hogwood, AAM
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 443185 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Salomon String Quartet
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  • 183.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 29 & 41, Serenade No 13 / Klemperer
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1093 Release Date: 02/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 184.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Etc / Martini, I Filarmonici
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47359 Release Date: 09/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia I Filarmonici
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  • 185.
    Mozart: Serenades, Divertimentos / Claudius Traunfellner
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 119 Release Date: 04/16/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Claudius Traunfellner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Philharmonic
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  • 186.
    Better Thinking Through Mozart
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68113 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  James Galway,  Amparo Iturbi,  José Iturbi  ... 
    Conductor:  Eduardo Mata,  Sir Colin Davis,  Géza Anda,  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Winds,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 187.
    Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik / Levine, Vienna PO
    Label: Dg Masters   Catalog: 445555 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Singer
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 188.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Etc / Willi Boskovsky
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443458 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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  • 189.
    Label: Curb   Catalog: 78042 Release Date: 10/31/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
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  • 190.
    Mozart: Symphony No 40, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Etc / Davis
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69027 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 191.
    Music For A Sunday Morning / Zukerman, Shanghai Quartet
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3173 Release Date: 08/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Amy Marcy Beach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Eugenia Zukerman,  Anthony Newman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shanghai String Quartet
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  • 192.
    Paper Music / Bobby Mcferrin, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64600 Release Date: 07/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Bobby McFerrin,  Layton James,  Peter Howard
    Conductor:  Bobby McFerrin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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  • 193.
    Bruno Walter Edition - Mozart: Violin Concertos, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64468 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 194.
    Mozart: Salzburg Symphonies No. 1-3 Kv 135-138
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4004 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 195.
    Erich Kleiber Dirigiert
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90229 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Bedrich Smetana,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 196.
    Mozart, Boccherini, Haydn: String Quartets / Salzburg
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93387 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Luigi Boccherini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg String Quartet
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  • 197.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Divertimenti K 136, 137, 138
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 506 Release Date: 10/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble
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  • 198.
    Mozart: Symphony No 40, Etc Transcr For Organ / Van Niewkoop
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 418 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans van Nieuwkoop,  Jacques Van Oortmerssen
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  • 199.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Jupiter Symphony; Strauss / Böhm
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 376941 Release Date: 09/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Gottfried von Freiberg
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 200.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Flute & Harp Concerto
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4500352 Release Date: 02/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Harold Wright
    Conductor:  Berlin Philharmonic Orche,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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