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: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Damrau, Villazon, Prohaska
Release Date: 07/31/2015   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002347402   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures / Watts, Baldini, Scottish CO
Release Date: 06/09/2015   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 460   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Anthony McGill, Pacifica Quartet
Release Date: 05/27/2014   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 147   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: The Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 / Jeffrey Biegel
Release Date: 08/21/2015   Label: eOne  
Catalog: 7758   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart / Martin Frost
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1893   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Clarinet Quintet, K 581

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Mozart: Flute Quartets, Clarinet Quintet / Oxalys
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 506 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxalys
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  • 78.
    80 - 50 Anniversary Album / Neville Marriner, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186048 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andrew Marriner
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
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  • 79.
    Classic Library - Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60866 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman
    Conductor:  Richard Stoltzman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Tokyo String Quartet
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  • 80.
    Mozart: Complete Quintets Vol 5 / Ensemble Villa Musica
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3041184 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Enrique Santiago,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Ulf Rodenhäuser,  Aki Sunahara  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villa Musica Ensemble
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  • 81.
    Peace Like A River / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 76188 Release Date: 06/22/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  John Rutter,  Irving Berlin,  Philip Paul Bliss  ... 
    Conductor:  Craig Jessop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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  • 82.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, Etc / Moraguès, Braley, Prazak Sq
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250200 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pascal Moraguès,  Vladimir Mendelssohn,  Frank Braley,  Michal Kanka  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prazák String Quartet
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  • 83.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet / Frost
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1263 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martin Fröst
    Conductor:  Peter Oundjian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta,  Vertavo String Quartet
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  • 84.
    Schubert: Trout Quintet; Mozart: Clarinet Quintet / Pressler, Pieterson
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186121 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Samuel Rhodes,  Georg Hörtnagel,  Menahem Pressler,  Isidore Cohen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
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  • 85.
    Brahms, Mozart: Clarinet Quintets / Wiener Oktett, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1282 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alfred Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Octet members
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  • 86.
    Casals Festivals At Prades - Live Concert Performances
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1113 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Milton Thomas,  Paul Tortelier,  Arthur Grumiaux,  William Kapell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
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  • 87.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet; Haydn: String Quartet / Farrell, Delmé
    Label: National Trust   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 02/18/2003  
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julian Farrell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delmé String Quartet
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  • 88.
    Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Weingartner, Arianna
    Label: Urtext   Catalog: 63 Release Date: 02/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Eleanor Weingartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arianna String Quartet
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  • 89.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, Flute Quartets / Aston Magna
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2561 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aston Magna
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  • 90.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90108 Release Date: 10/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 91.
    Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / De Peyer, Melos Ensemble
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74520 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gervase de Peyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London Members
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  • 92.
    Classical Express - Mozart: Three Quintets / Aston Magna
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 3957059 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Eric Hoeprich,  Anthony Martin,  Lowell Greer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aston Magna
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  • 93.
    Mozart, Weber: Clarinet Quintets / Emma Johnson, Et Al
    Label: Asv   Catalog: 1079 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andrew Shulman,  Emma Johnson,  Gábor Takács-Nagy,  Rebecca Hirsch  ... 
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  • 94.
    Mozart: Concerto For Clarinet, Etc /Simeonov, Yong-ho, Et Al
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 122 Release Date: 10/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Svilen Simeonov
    Conductor:  Choi Yong-Ho
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Orchestra Sofia
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  • 95.
    Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Shifrin, Emerson Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459641 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Philip Setzer,  David Finckel,  Lawrence Dutton,  Eugene Drucker  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
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  • 96.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, Etc / Drucker, Kuyper, Et Al
    Label: Elysium   Catalog: 716 Release Date: 05/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Joseph Robinson,  William Kuyper,  Stanley Drucker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elysium String Quartet
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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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,  Aurèle Nicolet,  Bruno Hoffmann,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano,  Allegri String Quartet
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


WORKS
1. Molto allegro
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio
4. Finale (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante cantabile
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Molto allegro
1. Allegro
2. Romance (Andante)
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Rondo (Allegro)
I. Largo - Molto allegro
II. Menuetto - Trio I - Trio II
III. Adagio
IV. Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio I - Trio II
V. Romance. Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio
VI. Tema con variazioni - Tema. Andante
Var. 1
Var. 2
Var. 3
Var. 4
Var. 5
Var. 6
VII. Finale. Molto allegro
Concerto No. 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466: I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Rondo. Allegro assai
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 3. Allegro assai
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Menuetto
4. Allegretto con variazioni
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento
4. Con moto
Piano Sonata in B-flat, K. 333: Allegro
Andante cantabile
Presto
Introitus: Requiem aeternam
Introitus: Kyrie
Sequentia: Dies irae
Sequentia: Tuba mirum
Sequentia: Rex tremendae
Sequentia: Recordare
Sequentia: Confutatis
Sequentia: Lacrimosa
Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe
Offertorium: Hostias
Sanctus: Sanctus
Sanctus: Benedictus
Sanctus: Agnus Dei
Communio: Lux Aeterna