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: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002130402   Number of Discs: 1
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The Mozart Album / Netrebko, Quasthoff, Garanca...
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000673002   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Ainsley, Gens, Bolton
Release Date: 01/09/2007   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000814709   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Complete Edition
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 1116167   Number of Discs: 170
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Mozart's Garden / Mojca Erdmann
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: B001621702   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Clarinet Quintet, K 581

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Mozart and the Contemporary / Russo, Old City String Quartet
    Label: Crs Artists (Contemporary Record Society   Catalog: 1191 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  John Russo,  Mina Fan,  John Schlenck  ... 
    Performer:  John Russo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Old City String Quartet
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  • 29.
    Icon - Melos Ensemble
    Label: Emi 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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Mozart:  Clarinet Quintet, Horn Quintet / Lancelot, Vescovo
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 5046669742 Release Date: 05/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pierre del Vescovo,  Jacques Lancelot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barchet Quartet
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  • 44.
    Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3445 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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  • 45.
    Beethoven: String Quartet No 16; Mozart: Clarinet Quintet / Meyer, Hagen
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072318 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Sabine Meyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
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  • 46.
    Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Steffens, Et Al
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7137 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Steffens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scharoun Ensemble
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  • 47.
    Mozart, Brahms: Quintets For Clarinet, 2 Violins, Viola & Cello / Smetana String Quartet, Vladimir Riha
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3969 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Vladimir Riha
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smetana String Quartet
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  • 48.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet;  Smetana: String Quartet / Hölderlin String Quartet
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2122 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hölderlin String Quartet
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  • 49.
    Opening Night / Mark Nuccio
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90602 Release Date: 03/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Huang Hsin-Yun,  Yulie Ziskel,  Mark Nuccio,  Sheryl Staples  ... 
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  • 50.
    Haydn, Mozart: Chamber Music / Borodin Quartet
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001021 Release Date: 10/20/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Rostislav Dubinsky,  Yaroslav Alexandrov,  Valentin Berlinsky,  Dimitri Shebalin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet
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