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
The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
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Bruno Walter Conducts Mozart
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The Berliner Philharmoniker Play Mozart
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Robert Casadesus Plays Mozart
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Mozart: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
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Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture

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  • 226.
    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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  • 227.
    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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  • 228.
    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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  • 229.
    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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  • 230.
    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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  • 231.
    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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  • 232.
    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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  • 233.
    Mad About Movies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439514 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Edvard Grieg,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Luciano Pavarotti,  William Purvis  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Claudio Abbado,  Neeme Järvi,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 234.
    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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  • 235.
    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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  • 236.
    Mozart: Overtures & Serenades / Bruno Weil, Tafelmusik
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 46695 Release Date: 11/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Bruno Weil
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
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  • 237.
    Canadian Brass Live!
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 39515 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sonny Kompanek,  George Frideric Handel,  Traditional,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 238.
    Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, etc / Walter, Columbia SO
    Label: Cbs Great Performances   Catalog: 37774 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 239.
    Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Highlights / Solti, Te Kanawa
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417395 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Lucia Popp,  Samuel Ramey,  Frederica Von Stade  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 240.
    Mozart: Marriage Of Figaro - Highlights / Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416870 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Cathryn Pope,  Aldo Baldin,  Neil Jenkins,  Donald Maxwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 241.
    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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  • 242.
    Overture!
    Label: Bandleader   Catalog: 5121 Release Date: 11/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Jacques Offenbach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gordon Jacob  ... 
    Conductor:  T. S. Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Band of the Royal Artillery Choir
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