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 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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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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An Amadeus Affair / Anderson & Roe
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30022   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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Mozart: Sonatas 8, 11, 16; Fantasia in D minor;
Release Date: 11/09/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 29000   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade]

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  • 151.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Mario Sammarco
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89100 Release Date: 03/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Sammarco,  Marcella Sembrich,  John McCormack
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  • 152.
    Heinrich Schlusnus - Arien Und Szenen
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89212 Release Date: 02/28/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Albert Lortzing  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Erna Berger
    Conductor:  Alois Melichar,  Leo Blech,  Manfred Gurlitt,  Arthur Rother  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 153.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Ezio Pinza
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89050 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ambroise Thomas,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Ezio Pinza
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon,  Giulio Setti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 154.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Friedrich Schorr
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89052 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Schorr,  Melanie Kurt,  Otto Helgers,  Emmy Bettendorf
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  • 155.
    Unvergessene Stimmen Der Wiener Staatsoper
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89401 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Esther Réthy,  Set Svanholm  ... 
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  • 156.
    The Music Teacher / José Van Dam, Ronald Zollman, André Vandernoot, Et Al
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28801 Release Date: 09/27/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Jérôme Pruett,  Dinah Bryant,  David Miller  ... 
    Conductor:  Ronald Zollman,  André Vandernoot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belgian Radio and Television Orchestra
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  • 157.
    Prima Voce - Opera Arias / Adelina Patti
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7840 Release Date: 09/02/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  James Hook,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Henry Bishop,  John Liptrott Hatton  ... 
    Performer:  Adelina Patti,  Alfredo Barili,  Lucien Fugère,  Landon Ronald  ... 
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  • 158.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni (Highlights)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4500802 Release Date: 07/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 159.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni - Highlights / Barenboim, Furlanetto, Tomlinson, Salminen, Meier, Berlin Po, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 94823 Release Date: 06/07/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Michele Pertusi,  Joan Rodgers,  Uwe Heilmann,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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  • 160.
    Mozart: An Evening In Vienna
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550866 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andrea Martin,  Donna Robin,  Ludwig Müller,  Konrad Leitner
    Conductor:  Konrad Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Orchestra
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  • 161.
    Mozart: Arias & Duets / Wildner, Leitner, Martin, Robin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550435 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andrea Martin,  Donna Robin,  Joanna Borowska,  Rohangiz Yachmi  ... 
    Conductor:  Konrad Leitner,  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble,  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 162.
    Tito Gobbi - Opera And Song
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1019 Release Date: 10/27/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Traditional,  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Eduardo Di Capua  ... 
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Armando La Rosa Parodi,  Philip Green,  Warwick Braithwaite  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 163.
    Ezio Pinza - Early Italian Songs;  Mozart: Arias And Duets
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9958 Release Date: 01/21/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Legrenzi,  George Frideric Handel,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Kitzinger,  Ezio Pinza,  Elisabeth Rethberg
    Conductor:  Giulio Setti,  Rosario Bourdon,  Bruno Reibold
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 164.
    Prima Voce - Great Singers In Mozart
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7822 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Lotte Schöne,  Richard Tauber,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Leo Blech,  Karl Alwin,  Henri Défosse  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 165.
    Ferrucio Furlanetto Sings Mozart / Marin, Vienna So
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47192 Release Date: 01/03/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ferruccio Furlanetto
    Conductor:  Ion Marin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 166.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni - Highlights / Karajan, Ramey, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 419635 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Agnes Baltsa,  Alexander Malta,  Kathleen Battle,  Gösta Winbergh  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 167.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni - Highlights / Giulini, Sutherland
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63078 Release Date: 06/05/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Giuseppe Taddei,  Gottlob Frick,  Eberhard Wächter,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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