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: Don Giovanni / Currentzis, Musicaeterna
Release Date: 11/04/2016   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 531603   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Haitink, Fleming, Glyndebourne Festival
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2039   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Violin Concertos / Faust, Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico
Release Date: 11/25/2016   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902230   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Haitink, Fleming, Glyndebourne Festival
Release Date: 09/16/2003   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2039   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: The Christmas Album
Release Date: 11/18/2016   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002587002   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Ave verum corpus in D major, K 618

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Mozart Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2586 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Michel Portal,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Paul Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christopher Warren-Green,  John Nelson,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
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  • 28.
    Sacred Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2646 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  David Thomas,  Véronique Gens  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Andrew Parrott,  Philip Ledger,  Paul McCreesh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort  ... 
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  • 29.
    The Best Classical Hits Ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 04103 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Prokofiev,  George Frideric Handel,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Matthias Eisenberg,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Stephen Layton  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Classical Players
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  • 30.
    The Greatest Classical Music Ever!: 50 Best Relaxing Classical
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 04104 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frédéric Chopin,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Han-Na Chang,  John Ogdon,  Hans Kalafusz,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Leonard Slatkin,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener Streichsextett
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  • 31.
    In Paradisum - Spiritual Classical Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94412 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  César Franck,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Brown,  Angharad Gruffydd Jones,  Lawrence Zazzo,  Pamela Heuvelmans  ... 
    Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Leusink,  Christopher Robinson,  Timothy Brown,  Nicol Matt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holland Boys' Choir,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Cambridge Bach Ensemble  ... 
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  • 32.
    Mozart Album / Johnson
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6116 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emma Johnson
    Conductor:  Emma Johnson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  ConTempo String Quartet
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  • 33.
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 239 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stainer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest
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  • 34.
    Reflection: Choral Music From Clare College Cambridge
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 212 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Attwood,  Thomas Tallis,  Sir Edward Elgar,  John Hilton  ... 
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  • 35.
    Mozart For Dummies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21230 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 36.
    Haydn: Insanae Et Vanae Curae; Mozart: Requiem; Ave Verum Corpus
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 660707 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Frances Bourne,  Carys Lane,  Paul Badley,  Matthew Brook
    Conductor:  Nigel Short
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Classics For Your Wedding
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 623247 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johann Pachelbel,  César Franck,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque,  David [Pipe Organ] Briggs  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Cleobury,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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  • 39.
    Mozart: Vesperae Solennes De Confessore; Coronation Mass
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34102 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christopher Borrett,  Christopher Watson
    Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
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  • 40.
    Ave
    Label: Churchkat   Catalog: 5637920279 Release Date: 03/20/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Schubert,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Gerry Manecke,  Colleen Moore
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  • 41.
    Ave Maria
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317182 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Johann Pachelbel,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Karl Hochreither,  Monika Frimmer,  Elzbieta Szmytka  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden,  Andrew Parrott,  Lajos Rovátkay,  Philip Ledger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Capella Agostino Steffani,  Hespèrion XX  ... 
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  • 42.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317512 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Johann Pachelbel,  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Kalafusz,  Gerald Finley,  Janet See,  Giovanni Scaramuzzino  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Cleobury,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Europa Galante,  Seminario Musicale  ... 
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  • 43.
    Ave Verum Corpus
    Label: Urban Bird Records   Catalog: 5637823918 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Evan Samuels,  Tammy Lynn Pertillar
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  • 44.
    Luminata
    Label: Urban Bird Records   Catalog: 5637788697 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  César Franck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Evan Samuels,  Tammy Lynn Pertillar
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  • 45.
    Choral Classics - Choral Classics From Cambridge
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9234 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Gregorio Allegri,  Robert Ramsey,  Thomas Weelkes  ... 
    Performer:  Jennifer Ward-Clarke,  Jonathan Brown,  Elizabeth Kenny,  Robert Howes  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown,  Stephen Cleobury,  Christopher Robinson,  Matthew Best
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  Baroque Brass of London,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
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  • 46.
    Choral Classics - Mozart
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94264 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Barbara Werner,  Robert Morvai,  Thomas Pfeiffer,  Pamela Heuvelmans  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicol Matt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  South German Chamber Philharmonia,  Chamber Choir of Europe,  Kurpfälzisches Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maria Theresia Paradis,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edvard Grieg,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Pieter Schoeman,  Craig Ogden,  Finghin Collins
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  • 48.
    Mozart: Requiem / Christophers, Watts, Pancella, Kennedy, Owens, Naim
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16093 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Eric Owens,  Andrew Kennedy,  Phyllis Pancella,  Elizabeth Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society
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  • 49.
    300 Years Of Sacred Music / Corboz, Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3158 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giacomo Carissimi,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Thilo Hirsch,  Matthias Spaeter,  Yves Rechsteiner,  Simon Jaunin  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Vocal Ensemble,  Lausanne Instrumental Ensemble
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  • 50.
    Mozart: Requiem - Josef Krips Edition Volume 3
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3156 Release Date: 08/09/2011  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Boris Carmeli,  Marga Hoeffgen,  Agnes Giebel,  Hans Ulrich Mielsch
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  ORTF Chorus
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