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
Schubert: String Quintet in C Major; Mozart: Divertimento, K. 136
Release Date: 07/24/2015   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1278   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concertos 20, 21 & 27 / Buchbinder, Staatskapelle Dresden
Release Date: 01/29/2016   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 733908   Number of Discs: 1
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Christian Gerhaher: Mozart Arias
Release Date: 01/08/2016   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88875087162   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Flute & Harp Concerto / Campbell, Master, Davies, Hickox
Release Date: 05/18/2010   Label: Musical Concepts  
Catalog: 1071   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte / Bohm, Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Kraus, Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 01/29/2016   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 554003   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture

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  • 76.
    The Best Of Classical - Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Et Al
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 6265 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  George Gershwin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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  • 77.
    Mozart: Last Three Symphonies / Beecham, Furtwängler, Et Al
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 1982 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Bruno Walter,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 78.
    Eloquence - Mozart: Symphony No 40 & 41, Etc / Böhm, Berlin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469620 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 79.
    The Monet Collection - Romantic Moments
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 315020 Release Date: 11/20/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Mikhail Glinka,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Nikolai Portnov,  Irina Snegova,  Andrey Ryazanov,  Juriy Ivchenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze,  Leonid Malyshev,  Viacheslav Suvorov,  Sergei Evgenin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Festival Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra "Muse"  ... 
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  • 80.
    Opera - Mozart: The Magic Flute (Highlights) /Haitink, Et Al
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74128 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roland Bracht,  Brigitte Lindner,  Wolfgang Brendel,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 81.
    Stealing The Show / Boston Brass
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 272 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Brass
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  • 82.
    Richard Strauss Conducts - Mozart, Wagner, Strauss, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90392 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Strauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 83.
    La flûte à l'opéra / La Flûte Enchantée Quartet
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2186 Release Date: 10/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Flûte Enchantée Quartet
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  • 84.
    Herbert Von Karajan - The Artist's Album
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457689 Release Date: 07/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Janet Perry,  Agnes Baltsa,  Josephine Veasey  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Musikkorps Fyn - Brass Epilog
    Label: Danica   Catalog: 8186 Release Date: 10/07/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Julius Bechgaard,  John T. Williams,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Per Hyttel,  Henrik Hou Jorgensen
    Conductor:  Erik Hammerbak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Funen Military Band
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  • 86.
    Mozart: The Magic Flute (Highlights) /Halász, Lippert, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553438 Release Date: 09/30/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Herbert Lippert,  Georg Tichy,  Hellen Kwon,  Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Failoni Orchestra Budapest,  Hungarian Festival Chorus
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  • 87.
    More Mozart - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62682 Release Date: 10/29/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Isaac Stern,  Anner Bylsma,  Ab Koster  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Rafael Kubelik,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Hartmut Haenchen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 88.
    Bruno Walter Edition - Mozart: Overtures, Etc;  Haydn
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64486 Release Date: 05/28/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Art Of Classics - Beruhmte Ouverturen Und Zwischenspiele
    Label: Intercord Klassische Diskothek   Catalog: 25929 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Zanotelli,  Gunter Neidlinger,  George Randolph Warren,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Philharmonic Orchestra,  Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 90.
    Mozart For Your Mind
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446377 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Alfred Brendel,  Mitsuko Uchida,  Ingrid Haebler  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Colin Davis,  Jeffrey Tate,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Quartetto Italiano  ... 
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  • 91.
    Mozart: Overtures / Harnoncourt
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 95523 Release Date: 10/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Zurich Opera Mozart Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms: Overtures / Sawallisch, Bavarian
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 161871 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Mozart - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3603 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Joze Ostranc,  Dalibor Brazda,  Svetlana Stanceva  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mozart Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    Fantastic Voyage / North Wind Quintet
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1031 Release Date: 08/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Donald Ransom,  Jenice Rosen,  Louis MacGillivray,  Michael Kibbe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Wind Quintet
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  • 96.
    Mozart - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60829 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Gidon Kremer,  Richard Stoltzman,  Walter Hautzig  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Fritz Reiner,  Géza Anda,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 97.
    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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