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: Violin Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 5 / Kraggerud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573513   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Complete Symphonies / Ward, Wordsworth, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8501109   Number of Discs: 11
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Mozart & Contemporaries / Stadler Trio
Release Date: 07/29/2016   Label: Glossa  
Catalog: GCDC80603   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart / Galliano
Release Date: 07/15/2016   Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: B002522202   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concerto, K. 488 & Violin Concerto, K. 219 / Minkowski
Release Date: 07/29/2016   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 736708   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550: 1st movement, Molto allegro

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    40 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556099 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Samson François,  Maria Tipo,  Martha Argerich,  Dmitri Alexeev  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  William Christie,  John E. Gardiner,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Emmanuelle Haďm (Conductor/Harpsichord),  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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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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    Discover Symphonic Music
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300718 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Maurice Ravel,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Günther Herbig,  Rolf Kleinert,  Otmar Suitner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony 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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  • 5.
    50 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553009 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  Nicolai Gedda,  Kerstin [Mezzo-soprano Vocal] Meyer,  Gré Brouwenstijn  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  André Cluytens,  David Fray,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Les Arts Florissants,  Concentus Musicus Wien
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    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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    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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    Schloss Schonbrunn Konzerte
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 91234 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Performer:  Peter Thunhart,  Marjucka Kolehmainen,  Felicitas Morawitz
    Conductor:  Ralf Kircher
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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.
    Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 425 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emily Barker,  John Martyn,  Kenny Rankin,  Robert Palmer  ... 
    Performer:  Emily Barker,  Claire Martin,  Carol Kidd,  Martin Taylor  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo,  Avison Ensemble,  Dunedin Consort  ... 
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    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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    L'Excellence Se Fete - A Celebration of Excellence
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 297257 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  André Mathieu,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Alain Lefčvre,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Louise-Andrée Baril,  Valerie Milot  ... 
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Bruno Weil,  Jeanne Lamon,  Jean-Philippe Tremblay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet,  Tafelmusik,  La Pieta  ... 
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  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    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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    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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    The Very Best Of Herbert Von Karajan
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6789922 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Jean Sibelius,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Gidon Kremer,  James Galway  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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  • 17.
    Classical Hits Of The Cinema
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 30756 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Mahler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann,  Piotr Anderszewski,  Christian Zacharias
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Lorin Maazel,  Andrew Litton,  Piotr Anderszewski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    The 50 Most Essential Mozart Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Elisabeth Ganter,  Maszella Holzapfel,  Julie Palloc  ... 
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  Francesco Macci,  Zdenek Kosler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Soloists,  St. Petersburg Soloists,  New York Philomusica
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  • 21.
    Composers Gold
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 53071 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
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    50 Greatest Pieces Of Classical Music / London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Pieter Schoeman,  Finghin Collins,  Craig Ogden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The 50 Darkest Pieces Of Classical Music
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 108 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Finghin Collins,  Roland Pöntinen,  Emmy Berhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Volke Schmidt-Gertenbach,  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moyzes String Quartet,  Camerata Antonio Lucio,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 24.
    The Mozart Effect: Music For Children
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 85005 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dag Ingram,  Michael Copley,  Takako Nishizaki,  Hana Mullerova  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Richard Edlinger,  Nicholas Ward,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Buskers,  Capella Istropolitana,  German Wind Soloists
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  • 25.
    Mozart Highlights
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300203 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Oskar Michallik,  Annerose Schmidt,  Erich Kruger,  Thorsten Rosenbusch  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Siegfried Kurz,  Kurt Masur,  Hartmut Haenchen  ... 
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