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
Oh, Boy! / Crebassa, Minkowski, Mozarteum Orchestra
Release Date: 11/11/2016   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 557832   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Serenata notturna, 3 Divertimenti & Eine kleine Nachtmusik / Tonnesen, Camerata Nordica
Release Date: 09/01/2017   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2326   Number of Discs: 1
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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: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2 / Bavouzet, Tackacs-Nagy, Manchester Camerata
Release Date: 09/15/2017   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10958   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos Vol 2 / Jandó, Ligeti
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550202   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467

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    Mozart: Concertos Nos. 17 & 21 / Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orchestra [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832255 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    Lili Kraus Plays Mozart Piano Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985302582 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 24 / Pennetier, Poppen, French Radio Philharmonic
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 316 Release Date: 05/26/2017  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    Arthur Rubinstein Plays Great Piano Concertos
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    Mozart in Havana / Dinnerstein, Havana Lyceum Orchestra
    Label: Sony Music Entertainment   Catalog: 538244 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    New York Philharmonic: 175th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 533636 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 65
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    Immortal Dinu Lipatti
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    Charles Munch: The Complete RCA Album Collection
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    Emil Gilels: 100th Anniversary Edition
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 21 / Gulda, Abbado, Vienna Philharmonic [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002559801 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Barenboim, English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556725 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
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    100 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556480 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 6
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    50 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556482 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 3
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    Mozart & Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos / Dorken, Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38210 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Danae Dörken
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 21 / Zhang, Fey, Heidelberger Sinfoniker
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 16037 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Haiou Zhang
    Conductor:  Thomas Fey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heidelberg Symphony
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    Sergio Fiorentino: Early Recordings (1953-1966)
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
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    Mozart & Bartok: Piano Concertos / Fischer
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250326 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Annie Fischer
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    Philips Classics: The Stereo Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002445602 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
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    Alfred Brendel: Complete Philips Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434302 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 114
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concerto Nos 20, 21 & 27 / Buchbinder
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 733908 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Conductor:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 20, 21 & 27 / Buchbinder, Staatskapelle Dresden [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 734004 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Zacharias, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3401900 Release Date: 12/04/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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