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

Beethoven, Mozart: Violin Concertos / Schneiderhan
Release Date: 02/13/1996   Label: Dg The Originals  
Catalog: 447403   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-40 (Arr. For Flute, Violin, Cello & Piano By Hummel)
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572841   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Opera Arias / Kathleen Battle, James Levine
Release Date: 08/12/1997   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 439949   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Flute Concertos / Orpheus CO
Release Date: 04/06/1990   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 427677   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concertos 14 & 27 / Jacoby, Marriner
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5125   Number of Discs: 1
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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.
    The Art Of Emma Johnson
    Label: Asv   Catalog: 506 Release Date: 11/23/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Malcolm Arnold,  Arnold Bax  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Boulton,  Rebecca Hirsch,  Emma Johnson,  Andrew Shulman  ... 
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Sir Charles Groves,  Ivor Bolton,  Gerard Schwarz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Expanded Edition - Schubert, Mozart / Serkin, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 92739 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Myron Bloom,  Rudolf Serkin,  Michael Tree,  Harold Wright  ... 
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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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:  Rainer Kussmaul,  Ulf Rodenhäuser,  Aki Sunahara,  Enrique Santiago  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villa Musica Ensemble
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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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:  Vertavo String Quartet,  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
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  • 86.
    Schubert: Trout Quintet; Mozart: Clarinet Quintet / Pressler, Pieterson
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186121 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  George Pieterson,  János Scholz,  Koji Toyoda,  Max Lesueur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Beaux Arts Trio
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  • 87.
    Brahms, Mozart: Clarinet Quintets / Wiener Oktett, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1282 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Alfred Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Octet members
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90108 Release Date: 10/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 93.
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, Oboe Quartet, Flute Quartet / Brindisi Quartet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 69702 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anthony Pleeth,  Patrick Kiernan,  Jacqueline Shave,  Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brindisi String Quartet
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  • 94.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet, Etc / Glover
    Label: Classics For Pleasure   Catalog: 74883 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andrew Marriner,  Gordon Hunt
    Conductor:  Jane Glover
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players,  Chilingirian String Quartet
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  • 95.
    Mozart: Quintets, Duo;  Stadler: Trio / Klöcker, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999802 Release Date: 10/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Stadler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Waldemar Wandel,  Werner Böckmann,  Ulrich Drabeck,  Dieter Klöcker  ... 
    Conductor:  Dieter Klöcker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Classicum
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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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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