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 Nos 3, 4 & 5 / Kraggerud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573513   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem, Exsultate Jubilate / Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 01/25/2000   Label: Emi Seraphim  
Catalog: 73702   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Complete Symphonies / Ward, Wordsworth, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8501109   Number of Discs: 11
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Mozart & Contemporaries / Stadler Trio
Release Date: 07/29/2016   Label: Glossa  
Catalog: GCDC80603   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart / Galliano
Release Date: 07/15/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: B002522202   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Clarinet Quintet, K 581

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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: Clarinet Quintet / Michael Harris,  Revolutionary Drawing Room
    Label: Clarinet Classics   Catalog: 10068 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Colin Lawson,  Adrian Butterfield,  Ruth Alford,  Michael Harris  ... 
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  • 28.
    Mozart: Oboe Quartet, Clarinet Quintet / Teatro La Fenice Di Venezia
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 725 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vincenzo Paci,  Marco Gironi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice String Quartet
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  • 29.
    Louis Cahuzac - The Great Clarinettist
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 722 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Louis Cahuzac  ... 
    Performer:  Louis Cahuzac,  Folmer Jensen
    Conductor:  John Frandsen,  Mogens Wöldike
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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    Label: Paladino Music   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dimitri Ashkenazy,  Ursula Langmayr,  Roland Krüger,  Martin Rummel  ... 
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  • 32.
    Brahms, Mozart: Clarinet Quintets / Campbell, Bingham Quartet
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1161 Release Date: 01/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David Campbell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bingham String Quartet
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  • 33.
    Luigi Magistrelli Plays Mozart & Suessmayr
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1353 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Süssmayr,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Luigi Magistrelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Classical Consort
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  • 34.
    Label: Bayer Records   Catalog: 100337 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 35.
    Mozart, Reicha, Kukal - Clarinet Quintets / Peterkova,  Bennewitz Quartet
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4061 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Reicha,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ondrej Kukal
    Performer:  Ludmila Peterková
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bennewitz String Quartet
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  • 36.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto & Quintet / Sharon Kam
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 16672 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sharon Kam,  Volker Jacobsen,  Gustav Rivinius,  Isabelle van Keulen  ... 
    Conductor:  Sharon Kam
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  • 37.
    Icon - The Melos Ensemble
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 18414 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Gervase de Peyer,  Lamar Crowson,  Cecil Aronowitz,  Manoug Parikian  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London Members,  Melos Ensemble London
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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Label: Naim Audio   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Campbell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Allegri String Quartet
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  • 40.
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 17 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alan Hacker,  Lesley Schatzberger
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  • 41.
    Backofen, Mozart: Theme & Variations / Jane Booth, Eybler Quartet
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29949 Release Date: 11/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  J.G. Heinrich Backofen,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jane Booth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eybler Quartet
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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Mozart: Horn Quintet, Piano Quartet, Clarinet Quintet / Zirk, Luevano, Arianna Quartet
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3048 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Willard Zirk,  David Foster,  Dady Mehta,  Kimberly Cole Luevano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arianna String Quartet
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  • 44.
    Mozart: Sestetto Concertante; Quartetto
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3361599 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sebastian Bürger,  Mátyás [Double Bass] Németh,  Thomas Duis
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  • 45.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet; String Quartet No 15 / Boud
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1401 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nicola Boud,  Nicola Boud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Edding Quartet
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  • 46.
    Quintessence / Alexander String Quartet
    Label: Foghorn Classics   Catalog: 1982 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Joan Enric Lluna
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alexander String Quartet
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  • 47.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, Duos / Steffens, Charis Ensemble
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7051 Release Date: 06/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Steffens,  Werner Mittelbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charis Ensemble
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  • 48.
    Sublime Mozart / Paul Dean, Grainger Quartet
    Label: Melba   Catalog: 301122 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Paul Dean
    Conductor:  Guillaume Tourniaire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grainger String Quartet,  Queensland Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Esprit - Zen
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5171 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Hopkinson Smith,  Sara Mingardo,  Rolf Lislevand,  Philippe Jaroussky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Kapsberger,  Accentus  ... 
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  • 50.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet K 581, Etc / Dieter Klocker, Leopold String Quartet, Et Al
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3010375 Release Date: 05/19/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dieter Klöcker,  Waldemar Wandel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leopold String Quartet
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