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
Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures / Watts, Baldini, Scottish CO
Release Date: 06/09/2015   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 460   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Damrau, Villazon, Prohaska
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Mozart: The Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 / Jeffrey Biegel
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Catalog: 7758   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart / Martin Frost
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1893   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 14 & 21 / Brautigam, Sampson, Willens
Release Date: 01/13/2015   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2054   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar

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    Verdi: La Traviata /   Karajan, Moffo, Sereni, Zaccaria, Cioni, Carbonari
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6702 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
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    The Video Tapes /  Friedrich Gulda [7-DVD Set]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109068 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Traditional  ... 
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    Claudio Abbado New Years Eve Concerts Box [3 Blu-rays]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2013504 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 3
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    Voices of Firestone II DVD 4-Pack
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4985 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Eduardo Di Capua,  Vincenzo D'Annibale  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Franco Corelli,  Eleanor Steber,  Lauritz Melchior  ... 
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    Most Wanted Recitals -  Ursula Farr Sings Arias
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002178002 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Albert Lortzing,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Ursula Farr
    Conductor:  Franz Bauer-Theussl
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    Mozart Arias Sung By Hilde Gueden
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002108802 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Walter Barylli,  Hilde Gueden,  Willi Boskovsky
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti: Romantic Songs
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002067202 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lidia Marimpietri,  Erik Smith,  Ugo Benelli,  Graziella Sciutti
    Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
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    Sir Colin Davis - The Complete RCA Legacy
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300607 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Barbara Fleckenstein,  Ben Heppner,  Heinrich Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Karajan: Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, R. Strauss, Opera Arias - 1946-1949
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633618 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Leopold Wlach,  Julius Patzak,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elisabeth Höngen  ... 
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    Mozart: Opera & Concert Arias / Karina Gauvin, Les Violons Du Roy
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2636 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karina Gauvin
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro [highlights]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002009102 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Dawn Upshaw,  Paul Plishka,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
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    Irmgard Seefried - Recordings 1944-67
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 877134 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
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    Mozart: Arias / Gruberova, Ehrhardt, L'arte Del Mondo
    Label: Nightingale Classics   Catalog: 715602 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edita Gruberova
    Conductor:  Werner Ehrhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
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    100 Best Mozart
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 303812 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    Mozart: Arias
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 44429 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andrea [Soprano Vocals] Rost
    Conductor:  Tamás Pál
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    Toti Dal Monte - A Tribute
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802170 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Toti Dal Monte,  Augusto Beuf,  Tito Schipa,  Beniamino Gigli
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    Eleanor Steber In Opera And Oratorio
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2408 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various,  Richard Wagner,  Franz Lehár,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Eleanor Steber
    Conductor:  Howard Barlow
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    60 Jahre Munchner Rundfunkorchester: Great Singers Live
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900309 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Francesco Cilèa,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Mirella Freni,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Lucia Popp,  Hermann Prey  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ghiaurov,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Georges Prêtre,  Alfredo Antonini  ... 
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    I Love Mozart, I Love Barbara / Friedrich Gulda, Barbara Dennerlein
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101635 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Friedrich Gulda,  Benny Golson,  Barbara Dennerlein
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Barbara Dennerlein
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    Sumi Jo - The Erato Recitals
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 666373 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Léo Delibes,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
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    Liasons / Chen Reiss, Werner Ehrhardt, L'arte Del Mondo
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4068 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Salieri,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Chen Reiss
    Conductor:  Werner Erhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte del Mondo
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 828662 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
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    Conductor:  Gyorgy Fischer,  Kirk Trevor,  Louis Langrée,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
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    Great Singers Live - Lucia Popp
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900306 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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    Aleksandra Kurzak - Gioia
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001574602 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
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    Mozart Highlights
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300203 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Oskar Michallik,  Annerose Schmidt,  Erich Kruger,  Thorsten Rosenbusch  ... 
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


WORKS
1. Molto allegro
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio
4. Finale (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante cantabile
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Molto allegro
1. Allegro
2. Romance (Andante)
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Rondo (Allegro)
I. Largo - Molto allegro
II. Menuetto - Trio I - Trio II
III. Adagio
IV. Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio I - Trio II
V. Romance. Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio
VI. Tema con variazioni - Tema. Andante
Var. 1
Var. 2
Var. 3
Var. 4
Var. 5
Var. 6
VII. Finale. Molto allegro
Concerto No. 20 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, K. 466: I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Rondo. Allegro assai
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 3. Allegro assai
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Menuetto
4. Allegretto con variazioni
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Andantino - Presto non assai, ma con sentimento
4. Con moto
Piano Sonata in B-flat, K. 333: Allegro
Andante cantabile
Presto
Introitus: Requiem aeternam
Introitus: Kyrie
Sequentia: Dies irae
Sequentia: Tuba mirum
Sequentia: Rex tremendae
Sequentia: Recordare
Sequentia: Confutatis
Sequentia: Lacrimosa
Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe
Offertorium: Hostias
Sanctus: Sanctus
Sanctus: Benedictus
Sanctus: Agnus Dei
Communio: Lux Aeterna