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: 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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Mozart: Flute Concertos, Concerto for Flute & Harp / Gallois, Andreasson, Swedish CO
Release Date: 10/28/2003   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557011   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467: 2nd movement, Andante

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    50 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002596702 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 3
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    20 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556102 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  David Fray,  Fabio Biondi,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
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    Purple Classics Presents: Quiet Time – The Music of Mozart
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578322 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jenö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Patrick Gallois,  Roderick Shaw  ... 
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Patrick Gallois,  Mátyás Antal
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    Discover Mozart
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300689 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Evelyn Lear,  Thomas Steward,  Annerose Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Heinz Fricke,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart for Kids
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 11009 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ilse Hollweg,  Marian Pivka,  Svetlana Stanceva
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mozart Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgarter Liederkranz  ... 
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    Black & White Ballets [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108146 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anton Webern,  Steve Reich
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  • 7.
    100 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002188102 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theater Violin Ensemble,  Ansbach Bach Week Soloists Union,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica  ... 
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  • 8.
    I Magnifici Della Musica Classica: Mozart
    Label: Saifam (Usa)   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ronan O'Hara,  Jeffrey Bryant,  Jonathan Carney
    Conductor:  Jane Glover,  Jonathan Carney,  James Lockhart,  Yuri Simonov  ... 
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  • 9.
    100 Best Mozart
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 303812 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 10.
    Discover... Mozart
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001910002 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  David Jolley,  Gerald Finley,  Christoph Eschenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  John E. Gardiner,  Claudio Abbado,  Karl Böhm,  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  English Concert
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    The Most Relaxing Classics For Work In The Universe
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 17953 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
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  • 12.
    Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94659 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Alexander Goldenweiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen,  Paavo Järvi,  Roy Goodman,  Gil Sharon  ... 
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  • 13.
    50 Best Romantic Piano Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333232 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  John Ogdon,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  André Previn,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rostal & Schaefer Piano Duo
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    50 Best Sensual Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333022 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  James Horner,  Pietro Mascagni,  Nino Rota,  Charles Chaplin  ... 
    Performer:  Natasha Marsh,  Sally Herbert,  Nikolaj Bloch,  Jose Alberto Giaimo  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons,  François-Xavier Roth,  Ron Goodwin,  Michel Plasson  ... 
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    Essential Film Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 5134 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  James Horner,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  Manuel Barrueco,  Steve Morse,  Maria Callas  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Mariss Jansons,  David Abel,  Geoff Love  ... 
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  • 16.
    Black & White Ballets
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100085 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anton Webern,  Steve Reich
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  • 17.
    Mozart Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2586 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Michel Portal,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Paul Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christopher Warren-Green,  John Nelson,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
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  • 18.
    The Best Classical Piano Ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 04748 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Gabriel Fauré,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  John Ogdon,  André Watts,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Cécile Ousset  ... 
    Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
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  • 19.
    Mozart For Dummies
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 21230 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 20.
    Best Of Mozart
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300338 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann [Baritone Vocal] Prey,  Annerose Schmidt,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Kurt Masur,  Siegfried Kurz,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
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  • 21.
    Candle Night Classics
    Label: Intergroove   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Borodin,  Georges Bizet,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Andrei Ivanovich,  Aldona Dvarionaite,  Fou Ts'ong,  Vladimir Shakin  ... 
    Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze,  Alexander Titov,  Pavel Bubelnikov,  Stanislav Gorkovenko  ... 
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  • 22.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317522 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Daniel Adni,  Stephen Hough,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Efrem Kurtz,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Herbert von Karajan,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
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  • 23.
    Traum Suß, Mein Baby!, Vol. 3
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 625864 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Kamil Sreter,  Svetlana Stanceva,  Alexander Pervomaisky,  Josef Dokupil  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander von Pitamic,  Alfred Scholz,  Alberto Lizzio,  Conrad Von der Goltz  ... 
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  • 24.
    The Legend Of Mozart
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 0709452 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Natalie Dessay,  Véronique Gens,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer,  Louis Langrée,  Ivor Bolton,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Sinfonia Varsovia,  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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  • 25.
    My First Mozart Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578204 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hana Mullerova,  Jirí Válek,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Pier G. Morandi,  Barry Wordsworth,  Petter Sundkvist,  Richard Edlinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  German Wind Soloists
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