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: 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: 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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Mozart: Flute Concertos, Concerto for Flute & Harp / Gallois, Andreasson, Swedish CO
Release Date: 10/28/2003   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557011   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622

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    Charles Munch: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 516979 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Vincent D'Indy  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Artur Rubinstein,  Margaret Roggero,  Leslie Chabey  ... 
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    Mozart / Galliano
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002522202 Release Date: 07/15/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Richard Galliano
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    The Leonard Bernstein Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002462302 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 64
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Alessi,  Philip Smith,  Glenn Dicterow,  Jaap Van Zweden  ... 
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    Mozart, Weber & Widmann: Works for Clarinet & Orchestra / Widmann
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 897151 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jörg Widmann,  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Jörg Widmann
    Conductor:  Peter Ruzicka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutches Symphonie Orchester
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pérotin,  Guillaume de Machaut,  John Dunstable  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Charles [Tenor Vocals] Daniels,  Susan Gritton,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Conductor:  Pater Godehard Joppich,  David Munrow,  Josef Ulsamer,  Bruno Turner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London,  Ulsamer-Collegium,  Pro Cantione Antiqua  ... 
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    Mozart Recordings / Bruggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 921121 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Ruth Killius,  Cyndia Sieden,  Teunis Van der Zwart  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century,  Netherlands Chamber Choir
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    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Clarinet Quintet
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88691928112 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman
    Conductor:  Richard Stoltzman
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    Mozart: Bassoon And Clarinet Concertos
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1060 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ole Kristian Dahl,  Thorsten Johanns
    Conductor:  Karl-Heinz Steffens,  Eivind Aadland
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    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Clarinet Quintet
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553246 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Matthias Schorn
    Conductor:  Nicholas Milton
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    W. A. Mozart, R. Strauss, F. Geisselbrecht
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99041 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Flora M. Geisselbrecht
    Performer:  Matthias Schorn,  Wolfgang Holzmair
    Conductor:  Bijan Khadem-Missagh
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    The Originals - Legendary Recordings from DG
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002171502 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Pierre Fournier,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  David Oistrakh,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Nielsen, Mozart: Clarinet Concertos / Julian Bliss
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 390 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julian Bliss
    Conductor:  Mario Venzago
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    Francaix, Mozart: Clarinet Concertos; Marek Podkowa: Orexis
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 719 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Françaix,  Marek Podkowa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fiametta Tarli
    Conductor:  Szymon Bywalec
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    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete DG Recordings, Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132602 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Tibor Varga,  Helmut Krebs,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Clarinet Concertos / Sabine Meyer
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 1158848 Release Date: 07/22/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Claude Debussy,  Toru Takemitsu,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Sabine Meyer,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Julian Bliss,  Emmanuel Pahud  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Kenneth Sillito,  Simon Rattle,  Ingo Metzmacher
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    Opheus Chamber Orchestra: 3 Classic Albums [limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002093502 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Susan Palma,  Nancy Allen,  William Purvis,  Frank Morelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Mozart / Abbado, Orchestra Mozart
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002065202 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola,  Danusha Waskiewicz,  Jacques Zoon,  Alessandro Carbonare  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
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  • 20.
    Karajan And His Soloists, Vol. 2 (1969-1984)
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633624 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jules Massenet,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris
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    Sir Colin Davis - The Complete RCA Legacy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300607 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Barbara Fleckenstein,  Ben Heppner,  Heinrich Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Karajan And His Soloists, Vol. 1 (1948-1958)
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633625 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Walter Gieseking,  Dennis Brain,  Bernard Walton  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Karajan: Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, R. Strauss, Opera Arias - 1946-1949
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633618 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Leopold Wlach,  Julius Patzak,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elisabeth Höngen  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Friends of Music Chorus
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    Mozart: Symphony No. 41
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7093 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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    Knappertsbusch Conducts Mozart & Beethoven
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6684 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schloder
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
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