Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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: Idomeneo / Fischer, Elsner, Hammarstrom, Danish Radio Sinfonietta
Release Date: 10/26/2010   Label: Dacapo  
Catalog: 6220586/89   Number of Discs: 4
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Mozart: The Da Ponte Operas / Pappano, Luisotti, Bychkov, Royal Opera House
Release Date: 08/24/2018   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1275   Number of Discs: 5
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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Terfel, Fleming, Levine, et al
Release Date: 05/10/2005   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000405109   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Divertimenti No 11 & 17 / Muller-Bruhl, Cologne CO
Release Date: 01/29/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570990   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Böhm, Lear, Peters, Otto, Et Al
Release Date: 08/12/1997   Label: Dg The Originals  
Catalog: 449749   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 151.
    Van Cliburn Collection - The World's Favorite Piano Music
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60973 Release Date: 07/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
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  • 152.
    Mozart - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60829 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Gidon Kremer,  Richard Stoltzman,  Walter Hautzig  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Reiner,  Géza Anda,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 153.
    The Best Of Mozart
    Label: Rca Victrola   Catalog: 60773 Release Date: 06/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Géza Anda,  Leontyne Price,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Froschauer,  Gidon Kremer,  Géza Anda,  Fritz Reiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 154.
    Greatest Hits Of 1790 / Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 37216 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Edward Carroll,  Hubert Laws,  Chick Corea
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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  • 155.
    John Williams And Friends
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 35108 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Morris Pert,  Brian Gascoigne,  Carlos Bonell  ... 
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  • 156.
    The Mozart Album / Canadian Brass
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44545 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 157.
    Horowitz Encores
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 7755 Release Date: 02/22/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 158.
    Best Of The Canadian Brass
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 45744 Release Date: 11/20/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luther Henderson,  Traditional,  Jean Schwartz  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Schlueter,  Philip Smith,  Mark Gould,  Ronald Romm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Boston Symphony Orchestra Brass,  New York Philharmonic Brass
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