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 that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years".

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Horn Quintet (K.407)
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Horn Quintet (K.407)
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"Basta vincesti" (recit) and "Ah, non lasciarmi" (aria) (K.486a)
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"Basta vincesti" (recit) and "Ah, non lasciarmi" (aria) (K.486a)
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String Quartet in C, K465 (Dissonance)
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String Quartet in C, K465 (Dissonance)
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Wind Serenade in B flat, K361 (3rd and 4th movements)
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Wind Serenade in B flat, K361 (3rd and 4th movements)
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String Quartet in A, K464
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String Quartet in A, K464
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String Quartet in B flat, K458 (Hunt)
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String Quartet in B flat, K458 (Hunt)
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5 movements from "Les petits riens" ballet music (K.299b)
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5 movements from "Les petits riens" ballet music (K.299b)
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'Sous les yeux', Act 1 of 'Les Mystères d'Isis'
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'Sous les yeux', Act 1 of 'Les Mystères d'Isis'
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Overture from Don Giovanni - Opera in 2 acts (K.527)
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Overture from Don Giovanni - Opera in 2 acts (K.527)
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Piano Trio in B flat major K.502 (3rd movement)
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Piano Trio in B flat major K.502 (3rd movement)
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Quartet for flute and strings (K.285) in D major
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Quartet for flute and strings (K.285) in D major
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O Himmel, was ein traurig Licht (Grabmusik)
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O Himmel, was ein traurig Licht (Grabmusik)
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The Magic Flute (Impempe Yomlingo): Sarastro's Arrival
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The Magic Flute (Impempe Yomlingo): Sarastro's Arrival
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Fantasia for piano (K.475) in C minor
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Fantasia for piano (K.475) in C minor
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Duos from "Don Giovanni" arranged Danzi for 2 cellos
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Duos from "Don Giovanni" arranged Danzi for 2 cellos
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String Quartet in E flat, K428
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String Quartet in E flat, K428
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Wind Serenade in E flat, K375 (2nd, 3rd and 4th movements)
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Wind Serenade in E flat, K375 (2nd, 3rd and 4th movements)
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String Quartet in D minor, K421
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String Quartet in D minor, K421
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Quartet for piano and strings (K.478) in G minor
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Quartet for piano and strings (K.478) in G minor
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Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro - opera in 4 acts K.492
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Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro - opera in 4 acts K.492
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Serenade in B flat major K.361
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Serenade in B flat major K.361
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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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Overture from "Der Schauspieldirektor" (K.486)
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Overture from "Der Schauspieldirektor" (K.486)
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Der Schauspieldirektor, Overture
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Der Schauspieldirektor, Overture
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Serenade in D, K239 (Serenata notturna)
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Serenade in D, K239 (Serenata notturna)
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Clarinet Quintet in A major (K.581)
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Clarinet Quintet in A major (K.581)
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Ah perdona al primo affetto from La Clemenza di Tito
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Ah perdona al primo affetto from La Clemenza di Tito
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Papageno Papagena from Die Zauberflöte
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Papageno Papagena from Die Zauberflöte
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Piu non si trovano K. 549
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Piu non si trovano K. 549
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Ecco quel fiero istante (Sei Notturni K. 436)
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Ecco quel fiero istante (Sei Notturni K. 436)
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