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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
Christmas With Mozart
Release Date: 11/01/2009   Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal  
Catalog: 60121   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorak: Symphony No 8, Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Mehta, LAP
Release Date: 09/30/2008   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072248   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Fantasias & Rondos / Richard Egarr
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907387   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Symphonies 38-40 (Arr. by Hummel for Flute, Violin, Cello & Piano)
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572841   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Keyboard Music Vol 5 & 6 / Kristian Bezuidenhout
Release Date: 01/14/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907529   Number of Discs: 2
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    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Leopold & Wolfgang Mozart: Toy Symphony, Musical Joke / Koch, Suitner
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94692 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch,  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon - Guido Cantelli: Fiery Angel Of The Podium
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog:  6790432 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Dennis Brain
    Conductor:  Guido Cantelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart Night Music / Manze, English Concert
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907280 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Andrew Manze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Mozart: Music For Horn / Van Der Zwart, Mcfadden, Bruggen, Et A
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 921110 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Teunis Van der Zwart,  Claron McFadden
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
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    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, A Musical Joke / Amadeus Qt
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 400065 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Manfred Klier,  Rainer Zepperitz,  Gerd Seifert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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    Suitner Conducts Mozart - Symphonies, Serenades, Concertos
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 183972 Release Date: 10/25/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Icon - Dennis Brain - The Horn Player Performs Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6010 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Paul Dukas,  Gordon Jacob,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Dennis Brain,  Gerald Moore,  Stephen Waters,  Gareth Morris  ... 
    Conductor:  Norman Del Mar,  Sir Jack Allen Westrup,  Karl Haas,  Guido Cantelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morley College Symphony Orchestra,  Dennis Brain Ensemble,  Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Serenades / Otmar Suitner, Dresden Staatskapelle
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8555 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Mozart: Serenata Notturna, Etc / Savall, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9846 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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    Mozart: Serenata Notturna, Etc / Savall, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9846 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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    Leopold Mozart: Toy Symphony, Etc / Koch, Berlin Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3230 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leopold Mozart
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Helmut Koch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Chamber Orchestra
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    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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    Guido Cantelli - The Nbc Broadcast Concerts December 1950
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1317 Release Date: 07/08/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Francesco Geminiani  ... 
    Performer:  Mischa Mishakov,  Frank Miller,  Sylvia Marlowe,  George Cooke  ... 
    Conductor:  Guido Cantelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale
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    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, German Dances... / Marriner
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473843 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Life And Works - Mozart / Jeremy Siepmann, Nicholas Boulton
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558061-64 Release Date: 11/19/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Muzio Clementi,  Gregorio Allegri,  Leopold Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Bloch,  Joanna Borowska,  John Dickie,  Andrea Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Mátyás Antal,  Johannes Wildner,  Barry Wordsworth,  Piergiorgio Morandi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus Bratislava,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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    Bandboy - Light Cavalry - A Musical Salute To The Horse
    Label: Bandleader   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé,  Earl Brigham,  J. Warner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Major T. S. Davis,  Major Colin Reeves,  M. Davidson,  Major T.A. Kenny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Artillery Band,  Life Guards Band,  Royal Hussars Band  ... 
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  • 19.
    Label: Curb   Catalog: 78042 Release Date: 10/31/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
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    Saint-saëns: Carnival Of The Animals;  Mozart / Turovsky
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9246 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  David Owen Norris
    Conductor:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Oboe Quartet/Horn Quintet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550437 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jenö Keveházi,  József Kiss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
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  • 22.
    Musica Holmić - Couperin, Farina, Telemann, Mozart
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 134 Release Date: 02/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Carlo Farina,  François Couperin
    Performer:  Gunnar Wennberg,  Bengt Sundberg,  Göte Nylén,  Bengt Ericson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Holmiae
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    Mozart: A Musical Joke, Horn Quintet / L'archibudelli
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 46702 Release Date: 07/02/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Knut Hasselmann,  Ab Koster,  Vera Beths,  Jürgen Kussmaul  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli
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  • 24.
    Complete Mozart Edition Vol 4 - Divertimenti / Asmf Chamber
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422504 Release Date: 11/10/1990   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
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    Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, etc / ASMF Chamber Ensemble
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412269 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
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