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: 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: Violin Concertos / Faust, Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico
Release Date: 11/25/2016   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902230   Number of Discs: 2
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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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Mozart: The Christmas Album
Release Date: 11/18/2016   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002587002   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 76.
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 31773 Release Date: 12/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  András Molnár
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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Highlights / Harnoncourt, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 894849 Release Date: 09/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Antti Suhonen,  Thomas Moser,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Zurich Opera Orchestra
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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    Mozart: Arias For Tenor / Raul Gimenez, Barry Wordsworth
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5300 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Raúl Giménez
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Prima Voce - Great Singers (1909-1938)
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7801 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Licinio Refice  ... 
    Performer:  Riccardo Stracciari,  Enrico Caruso,  Richard Tauber,  Claudia Muzio  ... 
    Conductor:  Giorgio Polacco,  Licinio Refice,  Giuseppe Antonicelli,  Lawrence Collingwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Prima Voce - Great Singers In Mozart
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7822 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Lotte Schöne,  Richard Tauber,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Leo Blech,  Karl Alwin,  Henri Défosse  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    Prima Voce - Tauber In Opera
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7830 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Jacques Offenbach,  Albert Lortzing,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber,  Lotte Lehmann,  Emmy Bettendorf
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Ernst Hauke,  Hermann Weigert,  Carl Besl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Playhouse Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 93.
    Fritz Wunderlich - Recital
    Label: Eurodisc   Catalog: 269018 Release Date: 11/13/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduardo Di Capua,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Franz Lehár,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich
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  • 94.
    Fritz Wunderlich - Recital
    Label: Eurodisc   Catalog: 69018 Release Date: 11/13/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Augustin Lara,  Eduardo Di Capua,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Marc Roland  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich
    Conductor:  Gerhard Becker,  Alois Melichar,  Werner Schmidt-Bölke,  Arthur Rother
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  FFB Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra  ... 
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