Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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1756-01-27
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Biography (BBC)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756, the son of a violinist at the court of the local Prince-Archbishop. His father, recognising early the boy’s extraordinary musical talents, proceeded to take him on performing tours throughout Europe so that he could be exposed to as wide a range of musical styles and cultural milieux as possible. By the age of 16 Mozart had visited England, Italy, France and Germany, had met many important musical and political figures, and had had three operas performed in Milan.

It was the sort of education he could never have gained in Salzburg; and, while the constant travelling may have contributed to his lifelong poor health, it was doubtless also a major factor in the formation of his cosmopolitan musical style.

Throughout the 1770s, however, Mozart was a member of the Salzburg orchestra. Growing frustration with his position led him to try his luck in Mannheim and Paris in 1777–8, but the trip brought only disappointment and within a few months he was back in Salzburg. A breakthrough of sorts came when a commission from Munich led to his first great opera, Idomeneo (1781), a work into which he poured all of the musical experience he had so far gained.

The year 1781 finally saw him break with Salzburg and move to the musically more sophisticated Vienna, where he embarked on the life of a freelance composer, pianist and teacher. At first he enjoyed considerable success, particularly as a pianist in his own concertos and with his lively comic opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1782). There followed three of his greatest operatic masterpieces – The Marriage of Figaro (1786), Don Giovanni (1787) and Così fan tutte (1790) – but by the time of the last his popularity had waned and he found himself seriously in debt. He died in December 1791, not long after the successful premiere of his final opera, The Magic Flute.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Biography (Wikipedia)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (MOHT-sart;; 27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era.

Born in Salzburg, he showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.

The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons.

He composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music. Ludwig van Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote: "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years".

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Divertimento in D K.136
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Divertimento in D K.136
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Concerto for violin and orchestra no. 4 (K.218) in D major
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Concerto for violin and orchestra no. 4 (K.218) in D major
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Fantasy and Fugue in C major, K 394
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Fantasy and Fugue in C major, K 394
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12 Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman' for piano (K.265)
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12 Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman' for piano (K.265)
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Minuet in D major K.355
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Minuet in D major K.355
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Rondo in A minor K.511 for piano
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Rondo in A minor K.511 for piano
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Rondo alla turca (Piano Sonata No 11 in A major, K 331)
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Rondo alla turca (Piano Sonata No 11 in A major, K 331)
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Sinfonia concertante for oboe, cl, hn, bn & orch (K.297b) in E flat major
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Sinfonia concertante for oboe, cl, hn, bn & orch (K.297b) in E flat major
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Concerto in G major K.313 for flute and orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Concerto in G major K.313 for flute and orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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String Quartet in B Flat K.458 "Hunt"
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String Quartet in B Flat K.458 "Hunt"
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Sonata in C major, K.521 for piano duet - I. Allegro
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Sonata in C major, K.521 for piano duet - I. Allegro
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Adagio and fugue for strings (K.546) in C minor
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Adagio and fugue for strings (K.546) in C minor
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Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 "Jupiter" - finale
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Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 "Jupiter" - finale
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Serenade No. 9 in D Major, K. 320 "Posthorn": VII. Finale. Presto
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Serenade No. 9 in D Major, K. 320 "Posthorn": VII. Finale. Presto
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Symphony no.32 (K.318) in G major (Overture)
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Symphony no.32 (K.318) in G major (Overture)
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Piano Concerto No 22 in E flat major, K 482 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 22 in E flat major, K 482 (3rd mvt)
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Rondo in A minor K.511 for piano
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Rondo in A minor K.511 for piano
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Piano Concerto No.4 in G, K.41
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Piano Concerto No.4 in G, K.41
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Symphony no. 40 in G minor K.550
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Symphony no. 40 in G minor K.550
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Piano Sonata in B flat, K281
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Piano Sonata in B flat, K281
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'L'ho perduta, me meschina' and 'Giunse alfin-Deh vieni, non tardar' from The Marriage of Figaro
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'L'ho perduta, me meschina' and 'Giunse alfin-Deh vieni, non tardar' from The Marriage of Figaro
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La Finta giardiniera: Aria - Geme la Tortorella
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La Finta giardiniera: Aria - Geme la Tortorella
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Quintet in D major K.593 for strings
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Quintet in D major K.593 for strings
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Idomeneo: aria 'Se il padre perdei'
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Idomeneo: aria 'Se il padre perdei'
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Quartet in F major K.370 for oboe and strings
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Quartet in F major K.370 for oboe and strings
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Quintet in E flat major K.407 for horn and strings
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Quintet in E flat major K.407 for horn and strings
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Quartet in D major K.285 for flute and strings
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Quartet in D major K.285 for flute and strings
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Piano Sonata No 14 in C minor, K 457
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Piano Sonata No 14 in C minor, K 457
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Adagio and Allegro in E flat major (K.Anh.C 17.07) for wind octet
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Adagio and Allegro in E flat major (K.Anh.C 17.07) for wind octet
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Piano Sonata in C major, K.330
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Piano Sonata in C major, K.330
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Symphony No 28 in C major, K 200 (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 28 in C major, K 200 (4th mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 11 in A major, K 331
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Piano Sonata No 11 in A major, K 331
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Andante in C major, K315
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Andante in C major, K315
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The Marriage of Figaro - Overture
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The Marriage of Figaro - Overture
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Piano Concerto no 23 in A K488, 2nd mvt
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Piano Concerto no 23 in A K488, 2nd mvt
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Piano Sonata No.10 in C (K.330)
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Piano Sonata No.10 in C (K.330)
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