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

Mozart Opera DVD 3-Pack - Die Zauberflote, Cosi fan Tutte, La Finta Giardiniera
Release Date: 04/07/2014   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4942   Number of Discs: 3
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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: Horn Concerti / Bryant, Dausgaard, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 11/11/2008   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28460   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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Mozart: Adagios & Fugues (After Bach)
Release Date: 04/08/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902159   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture

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  • 201.
    Mozart, Mendelssohn: Famous Overtures / Wordsworth
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553261 Release Date: 11/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Anthony Bramall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 202.
    Opera At The Movies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551164 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Miroslav Dvorsky,  Miriam Gauci,  Luba Orgonasova,  Jonathan Welch  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Uwe Mund,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Will Humburg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 203.
    Mozart: Opera Gala (Highlights From Figaro,Don Giovanni)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4610162 Release Date: 09/04/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Franz Crass,  Roberta Peters,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 204.
    Paper Music / Bobby Mcferrin, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64600 Release Date: 07/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Bobby McFerrin,  Layton James,  Peter Howard
    Conductor:  Bobby McFerrin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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  • 205.
    The Best Of Opera Vol 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553167 Release Date: 06/27/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Georges Bizet  ... 
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  • 206.
    Art Of Classics - Beruhmte Ouverturen Und Zwischenspiele
    Label: Intercord Klassische Diskothek   Catalog: 25929 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Zanotelli,  Gunter Neidlinger,  George Randolph Warren,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Philharmonic Orchestra,  Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 207.
    Virtuoso Orchestral Music - Mozart, Rossini, Smetana, Et Al
    Label: Intercord Saphir   Catalog: 830899 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Harald Genzmer,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Wojciech Rajski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 208.
    Cinema Classics 9
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 556629 Release Date: 10/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Wolfgang Rübsam,  Pascal Devoyon,  Dong-Suk Kang  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Barry Wordsworth,  Bohdan Warchal,  Oliver Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 209.
    Mozart: Overtures / Harnoncourt
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 95523 Release Date: 10/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Zurich Opera Mozart Orchestra  ... 
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  • 210.
    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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  • 211.
    An Evening Of Opera / Rene Leibowitz
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 61 Release Date: 06/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jacques Offenbach,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Conductor:  René Leibowitz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 212.
    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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  • 213.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Highlights / Barenboim, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 94822 Release Date: 06/07/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graham Clark,  Günter von Kannen,  Joan Rodgers,  Richard Brünner  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 214.
    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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  • 215.
    Overtures - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3611 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Jacques Offenbach,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slavonic Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Festival Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 216.
    Best Of Mozart
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4500492 Release Date: 02/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 217.
    Mozart: Marriage Of Figaro (Highlights)
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4500472 Release Date: 02/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wladimiro Ganzarolli,  Mirella Freni,  Yvonne Minton,  Ingvar Wixell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
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  • 218.
    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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  • 219.
    A Mozart Concert In Vienna / Leitner, Vienna Mozart Orch
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550867 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Donna Robin,  Andrea Martin,  Gerald Grünbacher,  Konrad Leitner
    Conductor:  Konrad Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Orchestra
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  • 220.
    Mozart: Overtures / Wordsworth, Capella Istropolitana
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550185 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 221.
    The Best Of Naxos Vol 5
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550005 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Hae-Won Chang,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Jirí Válek  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Stankovsky,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Kenneth Jean,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Cassovia,  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 222.
    Mozart: Symphonies 40 & 41
    Label: Sony Classical Infinity Digital   Catalog: 57231 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Alexander Titov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra
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  • 223.
    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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  • 224.
    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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  • 225.
    English Sinfonia 1962-1992 - 30th Anniversary Sampler
    Label: Imp Discover The Classics   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 04/01/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Peter Warlock  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Sinfonia
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