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, Cosě 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: String Quintets Nos. 3 & 4, Clarinet Quintet, Horn Quintet & Kegelstatt Trio
Release Date: 07/01/2016   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88725463982   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Pisaroni, Nezet-Seguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002511102   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Complete Music For Wind Ensemble / Klocker, Consortium Classicum
Release Date: 05/22/2012   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 56815   Number of Discs: 7
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 12 & 17 / Brendel, Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186236   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms: Concertos / Klemperer
Release Date: 01/22/2013   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 43482   Number of Discs: 6
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Work: Eine kleine Nachtmusik

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  • 26.
    Vienna Philharmonic - Bruckner, Mozart, Walton / George Szell
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4566 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sir William Walton,  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Fritz Reiner - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 370198 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 63
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Rolf Liebermann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Jascha Heifetz,  Emil Gilels,  Inge Borkh  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Lyric Theatre Chorus,  Studio Orchestra
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  • 28.
    The Early Mozart Recordings
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 3015 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leon Goossens
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
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  • 29.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 13 & 14 / Fialkowska, Chamber Players Of Canada
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22532 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Janina Fialkowska
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Players of Canada
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  • 30.
    100 Best Chamber Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972777 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Various,  Johann Pachelbel,  Henry Purcell,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Natalie Clein,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall,  Daniel Barenboim,  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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  • 31.
    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Icon: Colin Davis - The Early Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63989 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Leon Goossens,  Yehudi Menuhin,  John Ogdon,  Sir Ralph Richardson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1300 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  George Frideric Handel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
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  • 34.
    11 Kurzopern - The Original Electrola One-Act-Operas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64314 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Franz Schubert,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Edda Moser,  Peter Brand,  Heidy Forster  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Eberhard Schoener,  Otmar Suitner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 35.
    Best Of Mozart
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300338 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann [Baritone Vocal] Prey,  Annerose Schmidt,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur,  Siegfried Kurz,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
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  • 36.
    Mozart For My Baby
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317062 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Olivera Miljakovic,  Christian Zacharias,  Dagmar Schellenberger  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Jörg Faerber
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  • 37.
    A Musical Journey - Night Music Vol 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110549 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Péter Nagy,  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sobotka,  Ondrej Lenárd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 38.
    W.a. Mozart: Symphony No. 39; Symphony No. 40; Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 180 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck
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  • 39.
    Composers Gold
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 53071 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
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  • 40.
    Icon: William Steinberg
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 26486 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein,  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Best Of Herbert Von Karajan
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82158 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Bedrich Smetana,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 42.
    Essential Strings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94919 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Luigi Boccherini,  George Frideric Handel,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Maxim Vengerov,  Vag Papian,  Georges Armand,  Jean-Patrice Brosse
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Iona Brown  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi,  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
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  • 43.
    50 Best Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48465 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Claude Debussy,  Hector Berlioz,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Herbert von Karajan,  Rudolf Kempe,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
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  • 44.
    Mozart Highlights
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300203 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Oskar Michallik,  Annerose Schmidt,  Erich Kruger,  Thorsten Rosenbusch  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Siegfried Kurz,  Kurt Masur,  Hartmut Haenchen  ... 
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  • 45.
    Mozart Night Music / Manze, English Concert
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907280 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 46.
    Mozart: Serenades, Horn Concerto / Blomstedt, Spivakov, Davis, Damm
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 24697 Release Date: 03/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Damm
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Lockenhaus Vol 2 - Mozart: Clarinet Quintet / Meyer, Vegh, Hagen Quartet
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434032 Release Date: 02/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Neithard Resa,  Philip Hirschhorn,  Han de Vries,  Vladimir Mendelssohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet,  Salzburg Camerata Academica
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  • 48.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Etc / I Musici
    Label: Philips Silverline Classics   Catalog: 420712 Release Date: 01/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 49.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Etc / Bohm Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415309 Release Date: 01/18/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Schmidl,  Friedrich Faltl,  Günter Högner,  Walter Lehmayer
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 50.
    100 Best Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17639 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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