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: Don Giovanni / Currentzis, Musicaeterna
Release Date: 11/04/2016   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 531603   Number of Discs: 3
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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Haitink, Fleming, Glyndebourne Festival
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2039   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: The Christmas Album
Release Date: 11/18/2016   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002587002   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition
Release Date: 10/28/2016   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002549202   Number of Discs: 200
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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Haitink, Fleming, Glyndebourne Festival
Release Date: 09/16/2003   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2039   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 51.
    Koloman Von Pataky - Recordings 1927-1936
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10177 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Adolphe Adam,  Charles Gounod,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Koloman von Pataky,  Heinrich Schlusnus
    Conductor:  Manfred Gurlitt,  Johannes Heidenreich,  Julius Prüwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Mozart Vol 2 - Arias / Pierrette Alarie, Léopold Simoneau
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10334 Release Date: 05/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Léopold Simoneau,  Pierrette Alarie
    Conductor:  André Jouve
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Theater Orchestra
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  • 53.
    The Emi Centenary Gala At Glyndebourne
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56465 Release Date: 05/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Franz Lehár,  André Messager,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Felicity Lott,  Ian Bostridge,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Mozart: Opera Arias / Schreier, Dresden State Orch
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426274 Release Date: 03/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Peter Mirring
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 55.
    Eterna Collection - Grosse Sänger Der Vergangenheit / Ludwig
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3310 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Friedrich von Flotow,  Georges Bizet,  Otto Nicolai  ... 
    Performer:  Walther Ludwig,  Josef Greindl,  Karl Schmitt-Walter
    Conductor:  Fritz Lehmann,  Hanns Steinkopf,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart State Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Leo Slezak Vol 3 - Mozart, Weber, Flotow, Goldmark, Meyerbeer
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10295 Release Date: 01/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Karl Goldmark,  Friedrich von Flotow,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Elsa Bland,  Leo Slezak
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  • 57.
    Celebrated Opera Arias, Vol. 1
    Label: Lyra Classics   Catalog: 5637217677 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Bashkim Paçuku
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  • 58.
    Prima Voce - Herbert Ernst Groh In Opera
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7934 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Adolphe Adam,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Ernst Groh,  Emmy Bettendorf,  Gitta Alpar,  Gerhard Hüsch  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Heger,  Otto Dobrindt,  Frieder Weissmann
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  • 59.
    Original Masters - The Art Of Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000480702 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Hübsch,,  Traditional,  Osman Perez Freire  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hermann Prey,  Hubert Giesen,  Ingeborg Hallstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Carste,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Robert Stolz,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Die Spilar-Schrammeln (salon orchestra)  ... 
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  • 60.
    Fritz Wunderlich - Rarities From Opera & Operetta 1956-63
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 93093 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmerich Kálmán,  Luigi Cherubini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Wilhelm Kienzl  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich
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  • 61.
    Mozart: Symphonies No 35, 38 & 40, Etc / Schuricht
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 93152 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ruth Margaret Pütz,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    The Essence Of Viennese Music / Guth, Bruckner Linz
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 255 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Lippert,  Edith Lienbacher
    Conductor:  Peter Guth
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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    Prima Voce - Leo Slezak
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7909 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  François Boieldieu,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Daniel-François Auber  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Slezak
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  • 65.
    The Very Best Of Fritz Wunderlich
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75915 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Leo Fall,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Pilar Lorengar,  Edith Mathis,  Liselotte Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Müller-Kray,  Hans Moltkau,  Carl Michalski,  Fried Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 66.
    50 Years Of Mozart Singing On Record
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63750 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mariano Stabile,  Luise Helletsgruber,  Tito Gobbi,  Charles Santley  ... 
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  • 67.
    Mozart: Famous Opera Arias / Bartoli, Gruberova, Et Al
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 41376 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Lucia Popp,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Prinzregenten Theater - Wagner: Werke / Knote, Kappel, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89305 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Pietro Mascagni,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Brodersen,  Ludwig Weber,  Hans Hopf,  Lorenz Fehenberger  ... 
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  • 69.
    Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Et Al: Arias /Patzak, Martin, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 156 Release Date: 03/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julius Patzak
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Martin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 70.
    The #1 Tenor Album / Alagna, Bergonzi, Björling, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470021 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francesco Cilča,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Mario Del Monaco,  Jussi Björling  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Piero Gamba,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Maurizio Benini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra  ... 
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  • 71.
    The Best Of Opera Vol 4
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554682 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Pietro Mascagni,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Ewa Podles,  Thomas Harper,  Teresa Ringholz,  Katarina Dalayman  ... 
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi,  Alexander Rahbari,  Michael Halász,  Arnold Östman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 72.
    The Civil War / Douglas Jimerson
    Label: Amerimusic   Catalog: 21005 Release Date: 04/18/2000   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sidney M. Grannis,  W. S. Mygrant,  Daniel Butterfield,  David T. Shaw  ... 
    Performer:  Shawn Myers,  Douglas Jimerson,  Harvey Jacobson,  Rob Prosser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wildcat Regiment Band
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  • 73.
    Great Tenors Of The Century - Cura, Seiffert, Alagna, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 429403 Release Date: 03/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Enrico Caruso,  Joseph Schmidt,  Helge Rosvaenge  ... 
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  • 74.
    Music for Two Clarinets and Bassoon by Mozart and Lasalle
    Label: Antes Edition   Catalog: 319150 Release Date: 03/03/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rick LaSalle,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 75.
    Lincoln's Favorite Music / Douglas Jimerson
    Label: Amerimusic   Catalog: 21002 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sidney M. Grannis,  Daniel Butterfield,  David T. Shaw,  Stephen Foster  ... 
    Performer:  Shawn Myers,  Douglas Jimerson,  Harvey Jacobson,  Mark Elrod  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wildcat Regiment Band
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