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: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Matthews, Ticciati
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1215   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart & Schnittke: Kammermusik / Cabeza
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Oehms  
Catalog: 766   Number of Discs: 1
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Andras Schiff at Mozartwoche
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 736508   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 5 / Kraggerud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573513   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem / Prohaska, Mingardo, Schmitt, Pape, Abbado
Release Date: 08/27/2013   Label: Accentus  
Catalog: 20258   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture

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  • 51.
    Mozart - On Reflection / Anthony Goldstone, Caroline Clemmow
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25046 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anthony Goldstone,  Caroline Clemmow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Goldstone-Clemmow Duo
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  • 52.
    The Russian Piano Tradition - Emil Gilels, Yakov Zak
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5664 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Yakov Zak,  Emil Gilels
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Mozart: Symphonien No 40, No 41
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431874 Release Date: 05/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Richard Strauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Sunday Evenings With Pierre Monteux - California 1941-52
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1192 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Olivier Messiaen,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Warenskjold,  William Kapell,  Boris Blinder,  Naum Blinder  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Standard Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Günter Wand Edition - Mozart: Litaniae, Arias, Overtures
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 5043 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Ridderbusch,  Cornelia Wulkopf,  Adolf Dallapozza,  Margaret Marshall
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Václav Talich Special Edition Vol 9 - Mozart, Tchaikovsky
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3829 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Vaclav Talich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Mozart / Concerto Köln
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 4775800 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anton Steck
    Conductor:  Anton Steck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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  • 58.
    The Kelvingrave Organ / Timothy Byram-Wigfield
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34004 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  George Frideric Handel,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Byram-Wigfield
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  • 59.
    Mozart & Beethoven Classics You Love
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 95806 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
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  • 60.
    Mozart 250 - A Celebration
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 75944 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang,  Jaime Laredo,  Alicia De Larrocha,  James Galway  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Colin Davis,  Eduardo Mata,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 61.
    A Night In Vienna - Mozart, Strauss / English Brass Ensemble
    Label: Brass Classics   Catalog: 3002 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Performer:  Richard Martin,  James Gourlay,  Paul Archibald,  James Handy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Brass Ensemble
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  • 62.
    Ninos Clasicos - Lo Mejor De Mozart
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84404 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Georg Hölscher,  Jénö Jandó,  Jean-Claude Gérard,  Russell Braun  ... 
    Conductor:  Harald Nerat,  Nicholas Ward,  Barry Wordsworth,  Walter Babiak  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Chamber Orchestra,  Northern Chamber Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 63.
    The Mozart You Love
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 97001 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 64.
    Label: Madacy Records   Catalog: 5652 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 65.
    A Fool's Gold - Mozart, Haydn, Etc / Songfellows
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1102 Release Date: 11/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Cunningham,  Arthur R. Frackenpohl,  Irving Berlin,  Paul Hindemith  ... 
    Performer:  Mukund Marathe,  Jared Stamm,  Gregory Davidson,  Ross Crolius  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Songfellows
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  • 66.
    Classical Kids - The Best Of Mozart
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84383 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Michael Thompson,  Russell Braun,  Adriana Braun  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sobotka,  Michael Thompson,  Walter Babiak,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta,  Studio Arts Orchestra  ... 
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  • 67.
    Festive Overtures
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98454 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Alfred Scholz,  Arturo Leonard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Moscow Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    Mozart - Highlights / Iona Brown, L. Pesek, Bertone, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98442 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ivan Moravec,  Timothy Brown
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Libor Pesek,  Marco Bertone  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Moscow Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 69.
    Concert And Rehearsal - Mozart / Toscanini
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2232/33 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3689 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Richard Wagner,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
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  • 71.
    The Only Mozart Album You Will Ever Need
    Label: Intersound   Catalog: 5730 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 72.
    Mozart-wendt: The Magic Flute (Excerpts) / Wolfgang Schulz
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28007 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hubert Kroisamer,  Hans Peter Ochsenhofer,  Wolfgang Schulz,  Fritz Dolezal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna String Quartet members
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  • 73.
    The #1 Mozart Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000063902 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Willard White,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 74.
    An Afternoon Of Classical Favorites
    Label: Flutations   Catalog: 5637299704 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Edvard Grieg,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  The Flutations
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  • 75.
    Karajan - The Collection - Famous Overtures / Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000020102 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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