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: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002130402   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: 4 Piano Sonatas K 280-283 / Mitsuko Uchida
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 420186   Number of Discs: 1
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250 Years - Mozart: The Great Symphonies Vol 1 / Ter Linden
Release Date: 02/28/2006   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 92863   Number of Discs: 3
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250 Years - Mozart: The Great Piano Sonatas / Klára Würtz
Release Date: 04/04/2006   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 92871   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture

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  • 76.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 1061 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ilse Hollweg,  Hubert Giesen,  Marian Pivka,  Svetlana Stanceva  ... 
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    Marriner Conducts Mozart
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2054678 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Patrick Gallois,  Fabrice Pierre
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    Mozart: Ses 100 Chefs-d'oeuvre
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 346789 Release Date: 12/02/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Jack Brymer,  Christian Zacharias,  Frank Peter Zimmermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Neville Marriner,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble,  Melos Ensemble London,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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  • 80.
    La Flute Enchantee
    Label: Accord   Catalog: 4768455 Release Date: 11/07/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    Nińos Clásicos - 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,  Adriana Braun  ... 
    Conductor:  Harald Nerat,  Nicholas Ward,  Barry Wordsworth,  Walter Babiak  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Chamber Orchestra,  Northern Chamber Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    Label: Madacy Records   Catalog: 5652 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 85.
    At The Opera - Paraphrases, Transcriptions & Fantasies / Bergmann Piano Duo
    Label: Arktos Recordings   Catalog: 200584 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marcel Bergmann,  Franz Liszt,  Béla Kovács,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marcel Bergmann,  Elizabeth Bergmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergmann Piano Duo
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  • 86.
    Mozart: Orchestral Works
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4767403 Release Date: 06/13/2005  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Mozart: Overtures / Marriner, ASMF
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 85060 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    The Golden Age Of Covent Garden / Sutherland, Vickers, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 222 Release Date: 11/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Louis Spohr,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Bonynge,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  James Pease,  Jon Vickers  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    Haydn: Symphony No 104;  Mozart: 4 Overtures, Etc / Kempe
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1273 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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