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: 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: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet / Frost
Release Date: 10/21/2003   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1263   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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An Amadeus Affair / Anderson & Roe
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30022   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture

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  • 176.
    Movies - Greatest Hits
    Label: Bci Music   Catalog: 40031 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Hugo Steurer,  Svetlana Stanceva,  José Maria Pérez,  Dieter Goldmann
    Conductor:  Alfred Scholz,  Alberto Lizzio,  Eugen Duvier,  Hanspeter Gmür  ... 
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  • 177.
    Mozart - Greatest Hits
    Label: Bci Music   Catalog: 40025 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Svetlana Stanceva,  Hugo Steurer,  Joze Ostranc,  Dalibor Lottis  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lizzio,  Alfred Scholz,  Ernst Heinreiner,  Anton Nanut  ... 
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  • 178.
    Eloquence - Movie Classics - Music From Famous Films
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468157 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  István Hajdu,  Placido Domingo,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Colin Davis,  Georges Prêtre,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
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  • 179.
    Essential Mozart - 32 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468517 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Margaret Price,  Bryn Terfel,  András Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Sir Georg Solti,  Willi Boskovsky,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester College Chapel Choir,  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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  • 180.
    Music from the Movies
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 46956 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John T. Williams,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Harold Wright,  Anatol Ugorski  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  John Mauceri,  Herbert von Karajan,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Winds,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 181.
    The Monet Collection - Romantic Moments
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 315020 Release Date: 11/20/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Mikhail Glinka,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Nikolai Portnov,  Irina Snegova,  Andrey Ryazanov,  Juriy Ivchenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze,  Leonid Malyshev,  Viacheslav Suvorov,  Sergei Evgenin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Festival Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra "Muse"  ... 
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  • 182.
    Label: Direct Source   Catalog: 30702 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Schubert,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
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  • 183.
    The Best Of Opera Vol 5
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554683 Release Date: 11/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
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  • 184.
    Opera - Mozart: Marriage Of Figaro (Highlights) / Muti
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74129 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alejandro Ramirez,  Thomas Allen,  Ann Murray,  Margaret Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 185.
    Famous Overtures - Marriage Of Figaro, Egmont, Hebrides, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553627 Release Date: 10/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 186.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Highlights / Varady, Titus, Davis
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63707 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David Syrus,  Alan Titus,  Siegmund Nimsgern,  Marilyn Schmiege  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 187.
    Canadian Brass - Super Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89270 Release Date: 08/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Daellenbach,  Frederic Mills,  Ronald Romm,  Eugene Watts  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Brass
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  • 188.
    The Greatest Mozart Show On Earth
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466494 Release Date: 04/03/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Bryn Terfel,  András Schiff,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Willi Boskovsky,  Sir Georg Solti,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Mozart Ensemble,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 189.
    The Marriage Of Figaro (Highlights) / Pace, Ionata, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554172 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roberto Frontiali,  Ingrid Kertesi,  Judit Németh,  Csilla Ötvös  ... 
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 190.
    Mozart: Late Symphonies & Overtures / Frazor, Bournemouth
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7172 Release Date: 03/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Terence Frazor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta
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  • 191.
    Mozart - Super Hits - Marriage Of Figaro Overture, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89161 Release Date: 02/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dale Clevenger,  Philippe Entremont,  Glenn Gould,  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Bruno Weil,  János Rolla,  John Snashal,  Hartmut Haenchen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik,  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphonic Band members  ... 
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  • 192.
    Classical Overtures
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1067 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 193.
    Classical Weddings
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1062 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Pachelbel,  Otto Nicolai,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 194.
    Mozart's Greatest
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1041 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 195.
    Label: Fine Tune   Catalog: 4410 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Gibson,  Adrian Leaper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Prague Symphony Orchestra
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  • 196.
    Famous Overtures / Sir Georg Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460982 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Emanuel Brabec
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 197.
    La flûte à l'opéra / La Flûte Enchantée Quartet
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2186 Release Date: 10/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Flûte Enchantée Quartet
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  • 198.
    Mozart: Overtures / Sir Colin Davis, Staatskapelle Dresden
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 56698 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 199.
    Bernstein Century - Mozart: Symphonies No 39 & 41, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60973 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 200.
    Build Your Baby's Brain 2 - Through The Power Of Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61721 Release Date: 05/04/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christian Günther,  Philip Cieslewicz,  Christian Immler,  Carsten Müller  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden,  Rafael Kubelik,  Charles Neidich,  Bruno Weil  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Baroque Soloists,  Tölz Boys Choir,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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