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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Work: Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550

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    Original Masters - Josef Krips
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000017702 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Inge Borkh,  Zara Nelsova
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  • 177.
    Mozart: Symphonies 40 & 41 / Mackerras, Prague CO
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80139 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
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  • 178.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 40 & 41
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 474229 Release Date: 01/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 179.
    Mozart: The Symphonies / Pinnock, English Concert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471666 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 180.
    Wilhelm Furtwängler - The Remaining Unissued Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66770 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Otto Nicolai,  Hector Berlioz,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Wilma Lipp
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 181.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos, Symphony, Etc / Furtwängler, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1097 Release Date: 07/30/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Paul Badura-Skoda,  Dagmar Bella
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 182.
    Great Conductors Of The 20th Century - Erich Kleiber
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75115 Release Date: 06/04/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Antonín Dvorák,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 183.
    Mozart: Last Three Symphonies / Beecham, Furtwängler, Et Al
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 1982 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Bruno Walter,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Richard Strauss  ... 
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  • 184.
    Veritas - Mozart: Symphonies 38-41 / Norrington, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62010 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players,  London Mozart Players
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  • 185.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 35, 40, 41 /Szell, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89834 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 186.
    Mozart, Brahms: Symphonies / Keilberth, Bavarian Radio So
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 553011 Release Date: 11/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 187.
    Leonard Bernstein - The Unanswered Question
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1570 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Maurice Ravel,  Charles Ives,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
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  • 188.
    Edwin Fischer - Concert Performances & Broadcasts 1943-1953
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1080 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Unico Graf Van Wassenaer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Josef Zutter,  Wilhelm Meyer,  Gerhard Burdach  ... 
    Conductor:  Edwin Fischer,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Hans Münch
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  • 189.
    Mozart: Symphonies 39 & 40 / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 3892392 Release Date: 06/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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  • 190.
    Klemperer In Hamburg - Two Complete Concerts With The Ndr So
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1088 Release Date: 05/22/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Anton Bruckner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg
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  • 191.
    Mahler: Symphony No 4;  Mozart, Brahms, Et Al / Bruno Walter
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1090 Release Date: 05/22/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Mahler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 192.
    Eloquence - Mozart: Symphony No 40 & 41, Etc / Böhm, Berlin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469620 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 193.
    Philips 50 - Mozart: Symphony 40 & 41 / Krips, Concertgebouw
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464721 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 194.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 39, 40, Etc / Karajan, Böhm, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469160 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Wilma Lipp,  Anton Dermota,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 195.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos, Etc / Jarrett, Davies, Stuttgarter
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 449670 Release Date: 08/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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  • 196.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 40 & 41 / Maag, Philharmonia Hungarica
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1069 Release Date: 04/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica
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  • 197.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 40 & 41 / Kubelik, Bavarian Rso
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 498991 Release Date: 01/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 198.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 39-41 / Böhm, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4632322 Release Date: 11/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 199.
    Mozart: 46 Symphonies / Arigoni, Italian Philharmonic
    Label: Membran International Gmbh   Catalog: 203300 Release Date: 10/26/1999   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Alessandro Arigoni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Immortal Toscanini Vol 6 - Great Symphonies / Nbc Symphony
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 59481 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann,  Luigi Cherubini,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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