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

Mozart Opera DVD 3-Pack - Die Zauberflote, Cosi fan Tutte, La Finta Giardiniera
Release Date: 04/07/2014   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4942   Number of Discs: 3
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An Amadeus Affair / Anderson & Roe
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30022   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Horn Concerti / Bryant, Dausgaard, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 11/11/2008   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28460   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Adagios & Fugues (After Bach)
Release Date: 04/08/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902159   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Concerto For Flute & Harp, Clarinet Concerto / Brewer, Winn, Campbell, Carney
Release Date: 09/13/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28890   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade]

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  • 101.
    Operamania
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 44120 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Umberto Giordano,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Marilyn Horne,  Renata Tebaldi,  Carlo Bergonzi  ... 
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  • 102.
    50 Years Of Mozart Singing On Record
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63750 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mariano Stabile,  Luise Helletsgruber,  Tito Gobbi,  Charles Santley  ... 
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  • 103.
    Roberto Alagna - Serenades / David Alagna, Frederico Alagna
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56426 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Salvatore Cardillo,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Frédérico Alagna,  David Alagna,  Roberto Alagna,  Angela Gheorghiu
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  • 104.
    Red Seal - Thomas Quasthoff - A Portrait
    Label: Rca Victor Special Imports   Catalog: 186952 Release Date: 07/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff,  Matthias Hölle,  Ben Heppner,  Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Jörg Faerber,  José Collado,  Enoch zu Guttenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus members  ... 
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  • 105.
    Mozart: Famous Opera Arias / Bartoli, Gruberova, Et Al
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 41376 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Lucia Popp,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Largo Al Factotum - Famous Baritone Arias
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555922 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Servile,  Silvano Carroli,  Eduard Tumagian,  Domenico Trimarchi  ... 
    Conductor:  Will Humburg,  Alexander Rahbari,  Johannes Wildner,  Piergiorgio Morandi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Failoni Chamber Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony,  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 107.
    Italian Opera Arias / Domingo, Scotto, Te Kanawa, Wixell
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89843 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Ingvar Wixell,  Placido Domingo,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Ileana Cotrubas  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Lorin Maazel,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 108.
    The Voice Of Mozart / Bartoli, Battle, Van Dam, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470505 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Lloyd,  Leontyne Price,  Emma Kirkby,  James Vivian  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Herbert von Karajan,  Christopher Hogwood,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 109.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Heinrich Rehkemper Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89538 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gustav Mahler,  Richard Strauss,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Rehkemper
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Georges Baklanoff
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89522 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Anton Rubinstein,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  George Baklanoff,  Lydia Jakovlevna Lipkowska
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  • 111.
    Essential Mozart - 32 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468517 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Margaret Price,  Bryn Terfel,  András Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Sir Georg Solti,  Willi Boskovsky,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester College Chapel Choir,  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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  • 112.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni (Highlights) / Leinsdorf, Siepi, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458245 Release Date: 02/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fernando Corena,  Cesare Valletti,  Heinz Horst Blankenburg,  Eugenia Ratti  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 113.
    Prima Voce - Heinrich Schlusnus In Opera & Song
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7907 Release Date: 02/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aimé Maillart,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Richard Strauss,  Frida Leider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Cesare Siepi
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89511 Release Date: 01/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Augusto Rotoli,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Luigi Denza  ... 
    Performer:  Cesare Siepi
    Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto,  Arturo Basile,  Cesare Gallino
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
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  • 115.
    Arias - Matthias Goerne / Manfred Honeck, Swedish Radio So
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467263 Release Date: 12/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Alban Berg,  Richard Strauss,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  Matthias Goerne,  Dorothea Röschmann
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adolf Frederik Childrens Choir,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus members
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  • 116.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Paolo Silveri
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89505 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Silveri
    Conductor:  Stanford Robinson,  Hugo Rignold,  Karl Rankl,  Franco Patanč  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 117.
    The Mozart Effect - Music For Little Ones
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84347 Release Date: 10/03/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leopold Mozart
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Schickhaus,  Jószef Balogh,  Jénö Jandó,  János Sebestyén  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sobotka,  Hans Stadlmair,  Harald Nerat,  Nicholas Ward  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Munich Chamber Orchestra,  Danubius String Quartet  ... 
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  • 118.
    The Mozart Effect: Music For Babies Vol. 2, Nighty Night
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84331 Release Date: 09/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Harald Nerat,  Nicholas Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danubius String Quartet,  Capella Istropolitana,  Éder String Quartet  ... 
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  • 119.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Tito Gobbi
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89194 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ermenegildo Ruccione,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Gino Bechi,  Maria Caniglia
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  • 120.
    Romantic Master - Virtuoso Piano Transcriptions / Earl Wild
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 70907 Release Date: 07/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frank Churchill  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild
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  • 121.
    The Greatest Mozart Show On Earth
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466494 Release Date: 04/03/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Bryn Terfel,  András Schiff,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Willi Boskovsky,  Sir Georg Solti,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Mozart Ensemble,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 122.
    The Ultimate Mozart Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466849 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Pilar Lorengar,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's  ... 
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  • 123.
    The Prima Voce Treasury Of Opera Vol 1
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1742 Release Date: 02/15/2000   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Eidé Noréna,  Conchita Supervia,  Tito Schipa,  Riccardo Stracciari  ... 
    Conductor:  Henri Défosse,  Angelo Albergoni,  Giorgio Polacco,  Nils Grevillius  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odeon-Künstler Orchestra,  Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 124.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Mariano Stabile
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89180 Release Date: 11/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arrigo Boito,  Riccardo Zandonai,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Mariano Stabile,  Rina Agozzino,  Giuseppe Nessi,  Natalia De Santis  ... 
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  • 125.
    Cantolopera - Bass Vol 1
    Label: Cantolopera Records   Catalog: 95036 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Marco Pauluzzo,  Valter Carignano
    Conductor:  Antonello Gotta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Compagnia d'Opera Italiana Orchestra,  Compagnia d'Opera Italiana Chorus
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