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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: Piano Concertos 24-27 / Larrocha, Solti
Release Date: 08/03/2010   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001453802   Number of Discs: 2
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The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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Dvorak: Symphony No 8, Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Mehta, LAP
Release Date: 09/30/2008   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072248   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Fantasias & Rondos / Richard Egarr
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907387   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Symphonies 38-40 (Arr. by Hummel for Flute, Violin, Cello & Piano)
Release Date: 02/25/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572841   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622: 2nd movement, Adagio

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    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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    Discover... Mozart
    Label: 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 Eliot Gardiner,  Claudio Abbado,  Karl Böhm,  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  English Concert
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    The King Of Clarinet
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 99071/72 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Saverio Mercadante,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  Ferenc Bognár,  Anthony Spiri
    Conductor:  Koji Toyoda
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    40 Tracks for 40 Years - Delos Anniversary Set
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3440 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  James Earl Jones,  Charles Butler,  Marina Domashenko,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Zdenek Macal,  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Fisher-price   Catalog: 54601 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Don Reed,  William Sperandei,  Kevin Fox,  Gus Phillips  ... 
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    Label: Reflections Music   Catalog: 41068 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
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    Label: Avalon Records   Catalog: 52423 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
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  • 8.
    Fifty Shades Of Emotions
    Label: Belmondo   Catalog: 53 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Samuel Barber,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
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  • 9.
    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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    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,  Elisso Bolkvadze  ... 
    Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze,  Alexander Titov,  Pavel Bubelnikov,  Stanislav Gorkovenko  ... 
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    Aupres De Toi
    Label: Vde   Catalog: 1209 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Eccles,  Spoken Word,  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
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  • 12.
    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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    Classical Hits Of The Cinema
    Label: Virgin Classics   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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    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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    The Legend Of Mozart
    Label: Virgin Classics   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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  • 16.
    Best Of Mozart [tgg Direct]
    Label: Tgg Direct   Catalog: 60259 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    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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    Smooth Dinner Classics: Beautiful Music For Two
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 10123 Release Date: 10/21/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Christiane Jaccottet,  Marian Pivka,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Eugen Duvier,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Libor Pesek  ... 
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    Mozart: Best Loved Adagios
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 84029 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Paul Meyer,  Samuel Coles,  Naoko Yoshino  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  John Nelson,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Louis Langrée  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Ensemble instrumental de Genève
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  • 20.
    Amadeus: Best Of Mozart
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82164 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Stephen Hough,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Sabine Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Bryden Thomson,  Hans Vonk,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
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  • 21.
    Favorite Film Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82154 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Franz Schubert,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  Robin Blaze,  Lesley Garrett,  Laszlo Varga  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel,  Norman Del Mar,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
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  • 22.
    Kinderklassik: Classical Music For Children
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300243 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Olivier Messiaen,  Claude Debussy,  Leopold Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Werner Tast,  Peter Rösel  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Helmut Koch,  Kurt Masur,  Günther Herbig  ... 
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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    Mozart: Father & Son
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 105057 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Guy Touvron
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  • 25.
    The Mozart Experience
    Label: Wcj   Catalog: 81002 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Engel,  Joan [Soprano Vocal] Rodgers,  Sharon Kam,  Charlotte Margiono  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Ton Koopman,  Leopold Hager,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
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