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
Mozart: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
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The Mozart Album / Netrebko, Quasthoff, Garanca...
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000673002   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Ainsley, Gens, Bolton
Release Date: 01/09/2007   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
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Mozart: Complete Edition
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 1116167   Number of Discs: 170
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Mozart's Garden / Mojca Erdmann
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: B001621702   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Eine kleine Nachtmusik

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  • 201.
    The Story Of Mozart
    Label: Vox Music Masters   Catalog: 8501 Release Date: 02/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Günter Kehr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mainz Chamber Orchestra
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  • 202.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Overtures
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57230 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vladimir Tatanusitch,  Alexei Degtjarenko,  Alexei Zes,  Sergei Shedrin  ... 
    Conductor:  Leo Korchin,  Alexander Titov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium dell'Arte,  New Philharmony Orchestra
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  • 203.
    Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Serenata notturna / Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 76304 Release Date: 09/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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  • 204.
    Mozart For Brass / Empire Brass
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80332 Release Date: 08/24/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Eric Ruske,  Scott Hartman,  Jeffrey Curnow,  Rolf Smedvig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass
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  • 205.
    The Mighty Tubadours
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 420 Release Date: 06/25/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Mighty Tubadours
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  • 206.
    Basic 100 Vol 3 - Mozart: Symphony No 40, Overtures
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61552 Release Date: 06/08/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 207.
    An Invitation To The Classics - Vivaldi, Bizet, Bach, Et Al
    Label: Imp Classics   Catalog: 1014 Release Date: 10/01/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaime Laredo,  John Georgiadis,  Richard Williams,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  City of London Sinfonia  ... 
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  • 208.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 / Oistrakh
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 302921 Release Date: 07/22/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  David Oistrakh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 209.
    Bach, Mozart, Britten, Handel / Haenchen, C.P.E. Bach CO
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48062 Release Date: 07/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
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  • 210.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / Sobotka, Istropolitana
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550026 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sobotka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 211.
    Dinner Classics - Just Desserts
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 48259 Release Date: 04/07/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Eli Eban,  Meir Rimon,  Christopher Millard,  E. Scott Brubaker  ... 
    Conductor:  John Snashal,  Marcel Moyse,  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphonic Band members,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 212.
    Mozart: Overtures & Serenades / Bruno Weil, Tafelmusik
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 46695 Release Date: 11/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Bruno Weil
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 213.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Etc / Karajan, Berlin Po
    Label: Dg 3d Classics   Catalog: 431272 Release Date: 04/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 214.
    Complete Mozart Edition Vol 3 - Serenades For Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422503 Release Date: 11/10/1990   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Iona Brown
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 215.
    Complete Mozart Edition Vol 4 - Divertimenti / Asmf Chamber
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422504 Release Date: 11/10/1990   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
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  • 216.
    Mozart: Divertimento, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423610 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 217.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusic;  Pachelbel, Etc / Marriner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416386 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leopold Mozart
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 218.
    Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, etc / ASMF Chamber Ensemble
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412269 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
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  • 219.
    Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, etc / Walter, Columbia SO
    Label: Cbs Great Performances   Catalog: 37774 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 220.
    Pachelbel: Canon; Mozart, Albinoni, Et Al / I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 410606 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Luigi Boccherini,  Johann Pachelbel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 221.
    Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, etc / Karajan, Berlin PO
    Label: Dg Mozart Masterpieces   Catalog: 429805 Release Date: 09/21/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 222.
    Mozart: Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4272082 Release Date: 01/30/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Brandis,  Giusto Cappone
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 223.
    Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik / Marriner, ASMF
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 417741 Release Date: 12/11/1987   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 224.
    Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Posthorn Serenade / Bohm
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415843 Release Date: 03/16/1987   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 225.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Grieg, Prokofiev / Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 400034 Release Date: 12/15/1982   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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