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

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1978   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart – Piano Concertos No 18 & 22 / Brautigam, Willens, Cologne Academy
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2044   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet / Frost
Release Date: 10/21/2003   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1263   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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  • 176.
    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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  • 177.
    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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  • 178.
    Mozart For Brass / Empire Brass
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80332 Release Date: 08/24/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Eric Ruske,  Scott Hartman,  Jeffrey Curnow,  Rolf Smedvig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass
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  • 179.
    Fantastic Voyage / North Wind Quintet
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1031 Release Date: 08/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Donald Ransom,  Jenice Rosen,  Louis MacGillivray,  Michael Kibbe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Wind Quintet
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  • 180.
    Mad About Piano
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439520 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Stanislav Bunin,  Jean-Marc Luisada  ... 
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  • 181.
    Piano Classics - Popular Works For Solo Piano / O'Conor
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80313 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  John O'Conor
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  • 182.
    Piano Collection / Arrau, Pollini, Richter, Gelber Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67205 Release Date: 09/29/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Scott Joplin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Marielle Labčque,  Katia Labčque,  Michel Béroff,  Jean-Philippe Collard  ... 
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  • 183.
    Mozart In The Morning
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438045 Release Date: 09/15/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Henk Guldemond,  Michel Gasciarrino,  Heinz Holliger,  Hermann Baumann  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  I Musici  ... 
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  • 184.
    Schroeder's Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61240 Release Date: 09/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Vince Guaraldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Nelly Kokinos,  Ronnie Zito,  John Miller,  Ken Bichel
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  • 185.
    The Essential Canadian Brass
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432571 Release Date: 08/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  W.C. Handy,  Traditional  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 186.
    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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  • 187.
    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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  • 188.
    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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  • 189.
    Favorite Encores / Vladimir Horowitz
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42305 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
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  • 190.
    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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  • 191.
    Highlights Of Classical Music - Serenade / Budapest Strings
    Label: Laserlight   Catalog: 15505 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strings
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  • 192.
    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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  • 193.
    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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  • 194.
    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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  • 195.
    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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  • 196.
    Label: Saydisc   Catalog: 362 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Traditional,  Aram Khachaturian,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Hacker,  Richard Burnett,  Kathryn Tickell,  Nigel North  ... 
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