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: Violin Concertos 3, 4 & 5 / Steinbacher
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Pentatone  
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: Piano Concerto No 20, Cadenzas By Beethoven, Brahms, Busoni, Etc / Rische, Griffiths, Et Al
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Catalog: 9006   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: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
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Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Clarinet Quintet, K 581

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  • 51.
    Mozart, Reger: Clarinet Quintets / Meyer, Et Al
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553047 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Max Reger
    Performer:  Susanne Frank,  Stephan Goerner,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Matthias Enderle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carmina String Quartet
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  • 52.
    Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven: Chamber Music For Winds
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3014 Release Date: 05/20/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  George Silfies,  Abbey Simon,  Roland Pandolfi,  Walter Klien
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Camerata members
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  • 53.
    Mozrt, Haydn: String Quartets / Loewenguth String Quartet
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7846 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Georgina Dobrée
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loewenguth String Quartet
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  • 54.
    Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Bso Chamber Players
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442149 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Harold Wright
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
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  • 55.
    Mozart: Wind Quartets, Wind Quintets / Amadeus Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437137 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Schidlof,  Martin Lovett,  Andreas Blau,  Norbert Brainin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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  • 56.
    Mozart: Flute Quartets, Clarinet Quintet; Schubert / Grumiaux
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4428289 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  George Pieterson,  Pierre Pierlot,  William Bennett,  Arthur Grumiaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grumiaux Trio
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  • 57.
    Simply Mozart
    Label: Simply   Catalog: 1206105 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 58.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Clarinet Quintet - Arrangements For Viola
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1290 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lars Anders Tomter,  Jan Bjøranger,  Catherine Bullock,  Henning Kraggerud  ... 
    Conductor:  Arvid Engegård
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet / Wlach, Et Al
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7031 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leopold Wlach
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stross String Quartet
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  • 60.
    Mozart: Clarinet Trio / Lucebert Trio
    Label: Ottavo   Catalog: 100592 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Helena van Tongeren,  Celeste Zewald,  Ingrid van Dingstee,  Marjolein van Dingstee  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucebert Trio,  Van Dingstee Quartet
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  • 61.
    Library Of Congress Vol 6 - Mozart, Brahms: Quintets
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 5709 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Isidore Cohen,  Raphael Hillyer,  Harold Wright,  Claus Adam  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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  • 62.
    Mozart, Weber: Clarinet Quintets / Ensemble Kaleidoscope
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1201 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anja Röhn,  Fiona Aeschlimann,  Alexander Besa,  Bernhard Röthlisberger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kaleidoscope Ensemble
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  • 63.
    Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Australia Ensemble
    Label: Tall Poppies   Catalog: 131 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Irena Morozova,  Dene Olding,  Julian Smiles,  Dimity Hall  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australia Ensemble
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  • 64.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet,
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5059 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Andrea Bischof,  Anita Mitterer,  Erich Höbarth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mosaïques String Quartet
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  • 65.
    Mozart: Chamber Music For Winds & Strings / Chicago Chamber
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 461 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gail Williams,  Rami Solomonow,  Christopher Costanza,  Joseph Genualdi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Chamber Musicians
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  • 66.
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 920607 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Eric Hoeprich
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  • 67.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet In A Major, K.581/Brahms: Clarinet Quintet In B Minor,
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 927443502 Release Date: 05/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Soloists
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  • 68.
    Mozart - Music With Bass Clarinet / Alan Hacker, Et Al
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2109 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Joachin Hess,  Alan Hacker,  Roland Heuer,  Ikuko Nishida-Heuer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Asperger Chamber Soloists
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  • 69.
    Complete Mozart Edition 6 - Quintets, Quartets, Trios, Etc
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000575802 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Bruno Giuranna,  Bruno Hoffmann,  Aurèle Nicolet,  Jean De Croos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Beaux Arts Trio,  Grumiaux Trio
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  • 70.
    Mozart Collection - Clarinet Concerto, Etc / Brymer, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000552202 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jack Brymer
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Allegri String Quartet
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  • 71.
    The Mozart Collection - Limited Edition Box Set
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000552802 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Willard White,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Sir Georg Solti,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra  ... 
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  • 72.
    Mozart Edition - Clarinet Quintet / Portal, Les Musiciens
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2961118 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roland Pidoux,  Régis Pasquier,  Bruno Pasquier,  Roland Daugareil  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens
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  • 73.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet / Kuijken String Quartet
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72145 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lorenzo Coppola,  Pierre-Yves Madeuf,  Patrick Beaugiraud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kuijken String Quartet
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  • 74.
    Mozart 250th Anniversary Edition - Chamber Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564623352 Release Date: 09/19/2005   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dezsö Ránki,  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Alban Berg String Quartet,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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  • 75.
    Original Masters - Reginald Kell - American Decca Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000480602 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Fritz Kreisler,  Arthur Benjamin,  Benjamin Godard  ... 
    Performer:  Joel Rosen,  Reginald Kell,  Brooks Smith,  Melvin Ritter  ... 
    Conductor:  Salvador Camarata,  Reginald Kell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camarata & His Orchestra,  Fine Arts String Quartet,  Kell Chamber Players  ... 
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