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: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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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: 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: Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture

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  • 26.
    Bruno Walter Conducts Mozart
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7906832 Release Date: 09/06/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti,  Irmgard Seefried,  Léopold Simoneau,  Jennie Tourel  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Westminster Choir
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  • 27.
    Mozart: The Magic Flute For Kids
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82165 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Leonore Kirschstein,  Ilse Gramatzki,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
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  • 28.
    Mozart: The Magic Flute (Highlights) /Haitink, Popp, Gruberova, Jerusalem
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94887 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wolfgang Brendel,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Edita Gruberova,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 29.
    Mozart: Overtures / Marcon, La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001550902 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
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  • 30.
    Marquee Mojo
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11185 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Anthony Labounty,  Jerry Goldsmith,  David Irish  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas G. Leslie,  Takayoshi "Tad" Suzuki
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  • 31.
    Toscanini Collection Vol 51 - Overtures
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60310 Release Date: 03/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Bedrich Smetana,  Ambroise Thomas,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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  • 32.
    The Mozart Experience
    Label: Wcj   Catalog: 81002 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Engel,  Joan Rodgers,  Sharon Kam,  Charlotte Margiono  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Ton Koopman,  Leopold Hager,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
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  • 33.
    The Mozart Opera Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 81682 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Peter Schreier,  Yvonne Kenny,  Michael Kuhn  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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  • 34.
    Mozart: Arias & Overtures / Mertens, Hagel, Capella Weilburgensis
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 10036 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens
    Conductor:  Doris Hagel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Weilburgensis
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  • 35.
    A Bournemouth Love Affair / Silvestri, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6124 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  George Enescu,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Silvestri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 36.
    The Ultimate Mozart Opera Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578064-65 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Michelle Breedt,  Rohangiz Yachmi,  Peter Mikulas,  Joanna Borowska  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Johannes Wildner,  Barry Wordsworth
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  • 37.
    William Christie & Les Arts Florissants: In Celebration - 30th Anniversary
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 86863 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Sigismondo D'India,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Stefano Landi  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Les Sacqueboutiers du Toulouse
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  • 38.
    Label: Northquest   Catalog: 315003 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Antonín Dvorák,  Georges Bizet,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
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  • 39.
    Mozart: Magic Flute Overture, Symphonies 36 & 39 / Lockhart
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28390 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  James Lockhart
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  • 40.
    The Organ At The Grand Lodge
    Label: Pro Organo   Catalog: 7240 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edgar Barratt,  Albert Lister Peace,  Frederick Bridge,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Nieminski
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  • 41.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote - Magic On The Piano / Babette Dorn
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 86075 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Muzio Clementi,  Christian Gottlob Neefe,  Johann Baptist Cramer,  Joseph Rheinberger  ... 
    Performer:  Babette Dorn
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  • 42.
    Mozart: Harmoniemusik From His Late Operas
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 50712 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen Wind Soloists
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  • 43.
    Basics Highlights - Essential Classics
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149562 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Bedrich Smetana,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Rösel,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Sylvia Geszty,  Peter Arne Rohde  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur,  Václav Neumann  ... 
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  • 44.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Flute And Harp Concerto, Etc
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 68533 Release Date: 10/26/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marilyn Costello,  Elaine Shaffer,  Jack Brymer
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Roger Norrington
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54492 Release Date: 09/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  Nancy Argenta,  Eirian James,  Guy de Mey  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Heinrich Schütz Choir,  London Classical Players
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  • 46.
    Mozart: Overtures / Alessandrini, Norwegian National Orchestra
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30479 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian National Opera Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Magic Of Classical - Most Beautiful Classical Works
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149452 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Edvard Grieg,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Otmar Suitner,  Heinz Rögner,  Helmut Koch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 48.
    Mozart: Arias & Overtures / Helena Juntunen, Dmitri Slobodeniouk, Oulu Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 267 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Helena Juntunen
    Conductor:  Dmitri Slobodeniouk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oulu Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Sunday Morning Classics - Sunday Morning With Mozart
    Label: Shadow Mountain   Catalog: 5015298 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Vaclav Macha,  Jaromír Klepác
    Conductor:  Richard Hein,  Friedemann Riehle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  M. Nostitz Quartet,  Orchestra
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    Suitner Conducts Mozart - Opera Highlights
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 183982 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Joachim Freyer,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam,  Sylvia Geszty  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Chorus
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