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 Opera DVD 3-Pack - Die Zauberflote, Cosi fan Tutte, La Finta Giardiniera
Release Date: 04/07/2014   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4942   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Horn Concerti / Bryant, Dausgaard, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 11/11/2008   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28460   Number of Discs: 1
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An Amadeus Affair / Anderson & Roe
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30022   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Adagios & Fugues (After Bach)
Release Date: 04/08/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902159   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Eine kleine Nachtmusik

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Bruno Walter Conducts Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7906832 Release Date: 09/06/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti,  Irmgard Seefried,  Léopold Simoneau,  Jennie Tourel  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Westminster Choir
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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    Essential Strings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94919 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Luigi Boccherini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Georges Armand,  Jean-Patrice Brosse,  Maxim Vengerov,  Vag Papian
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Georges Armand,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Jerzy Maksymiuk  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi,  Berlin Philharmonic Cellists
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  • 31.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Serenata Notturna, Divertimenti / Marriner
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4804722 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Kenneth Heath,  Carmel Kaine,  Iona Brown,  Tess Miller
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 32.
    50 Best Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48465 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Leonard Bernstein,  Claude Debussy,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Mozart: Serenades, Horn Concerto / Blomstedt, Spivakov, Davis, Damm
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 24697 Release Date: 03/22/2011   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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 648513 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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  • 41.
    Hans Schmidt-isserstedt - The Capitol Recordings
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 694 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Ventislaw Yankov
    Conductor:  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Zubin Mehta & The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Live Recordings 1963-2006 [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9625 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Radu Lupu,  Arie Vardi,  Yefim Bronfman,  Alicia De Larrocha  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Choir,  Scottish National Chorus  ... 
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  • 43.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Haffner Serenade / Ristenpart
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 5046661512 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Karl Ristenpart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saar Chamber Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Mozart Edition - Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94051 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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  • 45.
    Bonbons: Geminiani, Pachelbel, Purcell / Labadie, Violons Du Roy
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2600 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Geminiani,  Johann Pachelbel,  Henry Purcell,  Alessandro Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Diane Lacelle
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
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  • 46.
    Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings; Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Grieg / simonov
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28190 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Mozart: Einei Kleine Nachtmusik; Divertimento, K. 136; Haydn: Symphony No. 45; Double Concerto
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300031 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Katrin Scholz,  Kevin McCutcheon
    Conductor:  Katrin Scholz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Mozart: Symphonies 29 & 40; Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / Schiff
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 28589 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Heinrich Schiff
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  • 49.
    50 Best Mozart
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57524 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Jack Brymer,  Christian Zacharias,  Frank Peter Zimmermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Zinman  ... 
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  • 50.
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2088 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
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