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: Violin Concertos 3, 4 & 5 / Steinbacher
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Catalog: 186479   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
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Catalog: 1978   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Harnoncourt, Zeppenfeld, Fredrich, Richter, Kleiter, Werba [blu-ray]
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Catalog: 300573   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Fredrich, Kleiter, Harnoncourt
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Mozart: Piano Concertos No 22 & 24 / Angela Hewitt
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68049   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Clarinet Quintet, K 581

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  • 101.
    Library Of Congress Mozart Recordings / Budapest Quartet
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9085 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mischa Schneider,  Boris Kroyt,  Alexander Schneider,  Joseph Roisman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest String Quartet,  Budapest String Quartet members
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  • 102.
    Mozart Legendary Interpretations- Budapest String Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46527 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alexander Schneider,  Joseph Roisman,  Walter Trampler,  Mischa Schneider  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest String Quartet
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  • 103.
    Mozart: Oboe Quartet, Etc / Koch, Seifert, Leister, Brandis
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5487 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Gerd Seifert,  Lothar Koch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandis String Quartet,  Brandis String Quartet members
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  • 104.
    Mozart At Tanglewood / Benny Goodman, Charles Munch, Boston
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68804 Release Date: 06/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Benny Goodman
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
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  • 105.
    Mozart: The Complete Quintets Vol 2
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 456058 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jean De Croos,  Aurčle Nicolet,  Bruno Hoffmann,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano,  Allegri String Quartet
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  • 106.
    Legendary Treasures - David Oistrakh Collection Vol 2
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7702 Release Date: 05/27/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leonard Sorkin,  Pyotr Bondarenko,  Mikhail Terian,  Sviatoslav Knushevitzky  ... 
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  • 107.
    Reginald Kell Plays Mozart
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1007 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Frederick Riddle,  Reginald Kell,  Louis Kentner
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra String Quartet,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Mozart, Weber: Clarinet Quintets
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 69270 Release Date: 09/05/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Eddy Vanoosthuyse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vilnius String Quartet
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  • 109.
    Schubert: Piano Quintet 'trout' D.667
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4500562 Release Date: 03/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ingrid Haebler,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Georges Janzer,  Eva Czako  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Allegri String Quartet
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  • 110.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, Clarinet Quartet / József Balogh
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550390 Release Date: 01/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jószef Balogh,  Béla Kovács
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danubius String Quartet
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  • 111.
    Mozart: Wind Quintets, Etc / Esbjerg Ensemble
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32163 Release Date: 12/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Esbjerg Ensemble
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  • 112.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, Etc / Neidich, L'archibudelli
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 53366 Release Date: 11/16/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Charles Neidich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli
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  • 113.
    Mozart: Quintette Avec Clarinette, Trio
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8736 Release Date: 09/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anita Mitterer,  Patrick Cohen,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Christophe Coin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mosaďques String Quartet
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  • 114.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet / Thea King
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66199 Release Date: 03/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Keith Harvey,  Kenneth Sillito,  Brendan O'Reilly,  Ian Jewel  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli String Quartet,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Brahms: Clarinet Quintet/Mozart: Clarinet Quintet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437646 Release Date: 03/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Gervase de Peyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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  • 116.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Etc / Shifrin, Schwarz
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3020 Release Date: 12/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David Shifrin,  Ida Kavafian,  Theodore Arm,  Toby Appel  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Music Northwest,  Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
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  • 117.
    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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  • 118.
    Complete Mozart Edition Vol 10 - Quintets, Quartets
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422510 Release Date: 03/08/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  William Bennett,  Eva Czako,  Georges Janzer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grumiaux Trio,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
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  • 119.
    Marlboro Fest 40th Anniversary- Schubert, Mozart: Quintets
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46252 Release Date: 10/10/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Isidore Cohen,  Samuel Rhodes,  Alexander Schneider,  Harold Wright  ... 
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  • 120.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, Etc / Academy Chamber Ensemble
    Label: Philips Musica Da Camera   Catalog: 422833 Release Date: 09/26/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Timothy Brown,  Neil Black,  Antony Pay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
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  • 121.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet / Eric Hoeprich
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420242 Release Date: 05/03/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wim ten Have,  Lucy Van Dael,  Eric Hoeprich,  Alda Stuurop  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
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  • 122.
    Mozart, Weber: Clarinet Quintets / Brunner, Hagen Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 419600 Release Date: 04/05/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Eduard Brunner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
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  • 123.
    Mozart, Crusell: Clarinet Quartets / Leister, Prazák Quartet
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 141861 Release Date: 04/06/1987   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Bernhard Henrik Crusell
    Performer:  Karl Leister
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prazák String Quartet
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  • 124.
    Label: Calliope   Catalog: 5232 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bohuslav Zahradnik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
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