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: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002130402   Number of Discs: 1
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Opus Arte Mozart DVD 3-Pack
Release Date: 10/27/2014   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4990   Number of Discs: 6
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The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera / Ainsley, Gens, Bolton
Release Date: 01/09/2007   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 000814709   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Royal, Nagy, Rattle [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Berlin Philharmonic  
Catalog: 130012   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 101.
    A Portrait Of Mozart
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1756 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Julia Bernheimer,  Gundula Janowitz,  David Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman,  Barry Wordsworth,  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band Chorus,  Hanover Band,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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  • 102.
    Siegfried Jerusalem - Great Tenor Arias
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60526 Release Date: 09/22/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Jaromir Weinberger,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Lucia Popp,  Hermann Prey
    Conductor:  Gabriel Chmura,  Josef Schmidhuber,  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 103.
    Magic Flutes / Jean-pierre Rampal, Claudi Arimany
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3226 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Devienne,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Michel Blavet,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Claudi Arimany
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  • 104.
    Von Der Königlichen Hofoper Zur Staatsoper Unter Den Linden
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89403 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Tiana Lemnitz,  Josef Mann,  Ludwig Suthaus,  Paula Buchner  ... 
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  • 105.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Solti, Burrows, Deutekom
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 458213 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows,  Pilar Lorengar,  Hans Sotin,  René Kollo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 106.
    The Only Opera Cd You'll Ever Need
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68823 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Helen Donath,  Roberta Peters,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Lorin Maazel,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 107.
    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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  • 108.
    Four Scandinavian Tenors Of The Past
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89986 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugène d' Albert,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wilhelm Kienzl  ... 
    Performer:  Torsten Ralf,  Josef Herrmann,  Gunnar Graarud,  Björn Talén  ... 
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  • 109.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Richard Tauber
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89144 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Wilhelm Kienzl,  Eugène d' Albert  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber,  Percy Kahn
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Ernst Hauke,  Henry Ernest Geehl,  Walter Goehr  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Fritz Wunderlich - Opernarien - Mozart, Rossini, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 445961 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Herbert Ernst Groh
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89140 Release Date: 02/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wilhelm Kienzl,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Ernst Groh,  Emmy Bettendorf,  Gitta Alpar
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Otto Dobrindt,  Robert Heger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Odeon-Künstler Orchestra  ... 
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  • 112.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Leo Slezak Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89136 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  François Boieldieu,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Jacques Halévy  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Slezak,  Friedrich Weidemann
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  • 113.
    Der Junge Richard Tauber - Arien Und Duette 1919-1926
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89219 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber,  Benno Ziegler,  Lotte Lehmann,  Emmy Bettendorf  ... 
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  • 114.
    Grosse Mozartsänger Vol 1 - Opernarien 1922-1942
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 394101 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Res Fischer,  Hans Hotter,  Helena Braun,  Irma Beilke  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Josef Krips,  Bruno Walter,  Arturo Toscanini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Grosse Mozartsänger Vol 2 - Opernarien 1949-1960
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 394201 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Eberhard Wächter,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Léopold Simoneau  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  George Szell,  Karl Böhm,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Immortal Voices Of The Vienna Opera
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89999 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Slezak,  Hilde Konetzni,  Hans Hermann Nissen,  Franz Völker  ... 
    Conductor:  Manfred Gurlitt,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Franz Alfred Schmidt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Franz Völker Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89070 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Bedrich Smetana,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Franz Völker,  Irmgard Langhammer
    Conductor:  Gerhard Steeger,  Johannes Schüler,  Alois Melichar,  Franz Alfred Schmidt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Helge Rosvaenge Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89211 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge,  Gerhard Hüsch,  Wilhelm Strienz,  Margarete Teschemacher  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Rudolf Moralt,  Erwin Baltzer,  Hanns Steinkopf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 119.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Julius Patzak
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89075 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Julius Patzak,  Hedwig Von Debicka
    Conductor:  Leo Blech,  Manfred Gurlitt,  Alois Melichar,  Wolfgang Martin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Unvergessene Stimmen Der Wiener Staatsoper
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89401 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Hilde Konetzni,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Esther Réthy,  Set Svanholm  ... 
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  • 121.
    The Story Of Mozart
    Label: Vox Music Masters   Catalog: 8501 Release Date: 02/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Günter Kehr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mainz Chamber Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Mozart: Tenor Arias / John Dickie, Johannes Wildner, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550383 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Dickie
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 123.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Highlights / Marriner, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438495 Release Date: 11/16/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Iris Vermillion,  Yvonne Kenny,  Cheryl Studer,  Aldo Baldin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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  • 124.
    Opera's Greatest Love Songs - Pavarotti, Domingo, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61886 Release Date: 10/26/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Varády,  Franco Corelli,  Leontyne Price,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Herbert von Karajan,  Henry Lewis,  Nello Santi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 125.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Sir Charles Mackerras
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80345 Release Date: 01/26/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ulrike Steinsky,  Nathan Watts,  Anthony Negus,  Daniel Ison  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Chamber Chorus
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