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: Piano Concerto No 3; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
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Catalog: 1978   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Violin Concertos 3, 4 & 5 / Steinbacher
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 186479   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem / Butt, Dunedin Consort
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 449   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet / Frost
Release Date: 10/21/2003   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1263   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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  • 26.
    50 Best Placido Domingo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48750 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 3
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    The Ultimate Mozart Opera Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578064-65 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 28.
    Live On Stage / Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001477402 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Gioachino Rossini
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    Jacques Urlus Vol 2 - Recordings 1907-1923
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10260 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 30.
    Forever Mozart [tin]
    Label: Sonoma   Catalog: 124 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 4
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  • 31.
    Icon - Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 29525 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Heinrich Finck,  Heinrich Isaac,  Adam Krieger,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
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  • 32.
    Heroes & Villains - Opera's Leading Men
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001433902 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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  • 33.
    Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Wagner / Jonas Kaufmann, Claudio Abbado
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001413202 Release Date: 04/06/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 34.
    Icon - Nicolai Gedda - Lyric Poet Of The Tenor Voice
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56095 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 11
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  • 35.
    Passione - Opera For Lovers
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149522 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
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  • 36.
    Best Tenor Voices 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06701 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Francesco Cilèa,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
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  • 37.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Roger Norrington
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54492 Release Date: 09/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Catherine Denley,  Nancy Argenta,  Eirian James,  Guy de Mey  ... 
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  • 38.
    Mozart: Flute Quartets, Etc / Nancy Hadden, Et Al
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3468 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nancy Hadden,  Catherine Mackintosh,  Jan Schlapp,  Sebastian Comberti
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  • 39.
    The Record of Singing Vol 5 - From the LP to the Digital Era
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28949 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Jacques Offenbach,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk,  Luciana Serra,  Neil Shicoff,  Alain Vanzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Georges Prêtre,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
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  • 40.
    100 Best Tenor Arias
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 242720 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Peter Haage  ... 
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  • 41.
    Best Encores 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
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  • 42.
    Opera's Greatest Moments - Favourite Arias And Choruses
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557926-27 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Marina Mescheriakova,  John Dickie,  Thomas Harper,  Patrizia Pace  ... 
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  • 43.
    Staatskapelle Dresden - Legendary Masterworks Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184532 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Hermann Prey,  Hilde Gueden  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Jeffrey Tate,  Marek Janowski  ... 
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  • 44.
    Classical Love Songs / Domingo, Pavarotti, Netrebko, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001247302 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Marilyn Horne,  Rolando Villazón,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
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  • 45.
    A New Beginning
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637226564 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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  • 46.
    Reich Mir Die Hand, Mein Leben - Mozart Opera Selections
    Label: Art   Catalog: 36272 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 47.
    Peter Schreier - From Boy Alto To Lyric Tenor
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 91412 Release Date: 10/25/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Heinrich Schütz,  Peter Cornelius,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
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  • 48.
    Basics - Mozart: Opera Arias / Schreier, Prey, Suitner, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 149342 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Peter Schreier,  Walter Olbertz
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 49.
    Legenden Des Gesanges, Vol. 5: Peter Anders
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38705 Release Date: 09/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Charles Gounod,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
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    Heart's Delight
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4766501 Release Date: 08/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Traditional  ... 
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