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
The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
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Bruno Walter Conducts Mozart
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Mozart: The Piano Quartets / Ax, Stern, Ma, Laredo
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Catalog: 56121   Number of Discs: 1
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The Berliner Philharmoniker Play Mozart
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  • 151.
    The Mozart Effect Vol 3 - Mozart In Motion
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84293 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Michael Copley,  Dag Ingram,  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Johannes Wildner,  Richard Edlinger,  Harald Nerat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Buskers,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 152.
    Piano Transcriptions / Arcadi Volodos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62691 Release Date: 07/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Arcadi Volodos
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  • 153.
    Leo Eide - Whistling Virtuoso / Hĺkan Sund
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5001 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Monro,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Traditional,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Hĺkan Sund,  Leo Eide
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  • 154.
    Piano Festival / Pietro Spada
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47198 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Muzio Clementi,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Manuel de Falla,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Pietro Spada
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  • 155.
    Glenn Gould - Images
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62588 Release Date: 08/20/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Glenn Gould
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra
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  • 156.
    Better Thinking Through Mozart
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68113 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  James Galway,  Amparo Iturbi,  José Iturbi  ... 
    Conductor:  Eduardo Mata,  Sir Colin Davis,  Géza Anda,  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Winds,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 157.
    Mozart: Works For Piano / György Kukorelly
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 679 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  György Kukorelly
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  • 158.
    Intimate Piano
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8764 Release Date: 11/03/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
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  • 159.
    On Tour / The Central Band Of Her Majesty's Royal Air Force
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 55001 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  John Martindale,  Herman Koenig,  Ted Snyder  ... 
    Conductor:  R.E. Wilkinson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Air Force Central Band
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  • 160.
    Piano Favorites / Moura Lympany
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69028 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Maurice Ravel,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Moura Lympany
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  • 161.
    Classical Piano - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68456 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Emanuel Ax,  Lili Kraus,  Andreas Haefliger  ... 
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  • 162.
    Harpsichord - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68458 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Bernardo Pasquini,  François Couperin,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Kipnis,  Thurston Dart,  Anthony Newman
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  • 163.
    The Magic Of Mozart
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8779 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marguerita Lavergne,  Gerard Schwarz,  Heinz Endres,  Jost Michaels  ... 
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Ferdinand Grossmann,  Richard Kapp,  Leopold Hager  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wurttemburg Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra,  Philharmonia Virtuosi  ... 
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  • 164.
    Stokowski Encores / Matthias Bamert, Bbc Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9349 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Johann Mattheson,  John Philip Sousa,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Addinall
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 165.
    Für Elise - Best Of Romantic Piano Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550647 Release Date: 03/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Robert Schumann,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Jénö Jandó,  Klára Körmendi,  Idil Biret  ... 
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  • 166.
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 145 Release Date: 01/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zdenék Fibich,  George Gershwin,  Pancho Vladigerov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Mayer Frank,  Yossif Radionov
    Conductor:  Jules Levy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simhah Chamber Collegium
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  • 167.
    Hey, Ludwig! - Classical Piano Solos For Playful Times
    Label: Music For Little People   Catalog: 42537 Release Date: 01/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott Joplin,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Ric Louchard
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  • 168.
    Mozart - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony Classical   Catalog: 64053 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Elzbieta Szmytka,  Dale Clevenger  ... 
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia,  Bruno Weil,  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Tafelmusik,  European Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 169.
    Harpe & Flűte De Pan / Stanciu Syrinx, Nordmann
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 94824 Release Date: 07/05/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Francesco Maria Veracini,  Constantin Dimitrescu,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Simion Stanciu Syrinx,  Marielle Nordmann
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  • 170.
    Classical Music For People Who Hate Classical Music
    Label: Classical Heritage   Catalog: 1212 Release Date: 06/09/1994   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Performer:  Hans-Christoph Becker-Foss,  Anna Lelkes,  Philippe Entremont,  Joseph Brezina  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Camerata Academica,  London Festival Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra  ... 
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  • 171.
    Mozart - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3603 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Joze Ostranc,  Dalibor Brazda,  Svetlana Stanceva  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mozart Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 172.
    The Story Of Mozart
    Label: Vox Music Masters   Catalog: 8501 Release Date: 02/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Günter Kehr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mainz Chamber Orchestra
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  • 173.
    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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  • 174.
    Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 10 / Peter Nagy
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550219 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Péter Nagy
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  • 175.
    My Second Recital / Ruth Laredo
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1026 Release Date: 01/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Aram Khachaturian,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ruth Laredo
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