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

Beethoven, Mozart: Violin Concertos / Schneiderhan
Release Date: 02/13/1996   Label: Dg The Originals  
Catalog: 447403   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-40 (Arr. For Flute, Violin, Cello & Piano By Hummel)
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572841   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Flute Concertos / Orpheus CO
Release Date: 04/06/1990   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 427677   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Opera Arias / Kathleen Battle, James Levine
Release Date: 08/12/1997   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 439949   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concertos 14 & 27 / Jacoby, Marriner
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5125   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    Best Karajan 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15206 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Mozart: Opera Arrangements For Clarinets & Basset Horn / Leister, Magistrelli, Et Al
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28094 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Luigi Magistrelli,  Laura Magistrelli,  Karl Leister
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  • 55.
    101 Opera Masterpieces, Vol. 1 [box Set]
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 9528671 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Biserka Cvejik,  Ruza Baldani,  Placido Domingo  ... 
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  • 56.
    Mozart: Overtures / Suitner, Berlin Staatskapelle, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 4902 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Busoni: The Complete Two Piano Programme / Revenaugh, Smith
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97469 Release Date: 12/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lawrence Leighton Smith,  Daniell Revenaugh
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  • 58.
    Classical Originals
    Label: Music Brokers   Catalog: 5362 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Georges Bizet,  Paul Dukas  ... 
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  • 59.
    Mozart: Operas Ouvertures / Prague Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Transart Live   Catalog: 144 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Mozart: Harmoniemusick /Bremen Chamber Philharmonic Soloists
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 50712 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen Wind Soloists
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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    The Classics - Mozart: Overtures / Menuhin, Lausanne Co
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 63284 Release Date: 07/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    Mozart: (Die) Zauberflöte (Highlights)
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4776319 Release Date: 04/02/2007  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    Weekend Classics - An Opera Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000769602 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Matti Salminen,  Hildegard Behrens,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  James Levine,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    A Mozart Celebration / The Swingle Singers
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 64798 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Heather Cairnscross,  Jonathan Rathbone,  Andrew Busher,  Ben Parry  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers
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  • 71.
    Best Mozart 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70893 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lamar Crowson,  Neill [French Horn] Sanders,  Peter Graeme,  William Waterhouse  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Neumann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Melos Ensemble London,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    Original Masters - Karajan - The First Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 689602 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra  ... 
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  • 74.
    Mozart: 8 Overtures, Etc;  L. Mozart: Toy Symphony / Lubbock
    Label: Resonance   Catalog: 3072 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leopold Mozart
    Conductor:  John Lubbock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Orchestra Of St. John's
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    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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