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 (, ; 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, Mozart 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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String Quartet No.4 in C major, K.157
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String Quartet No.4 in C major, K.157
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Clarinet Trio in E flat, K.498 'Kagelstatt' - 3rd movt, Allegretto
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Clarinet Trio in E flat, K.498 'Kagelstatt' - 3rd movt, Allegretto
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Le Nozze di Figaro, Act 4: Susanna's aria 'Deh vieni, non tardar'
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Le Nozze di Figaro, Act 4: Susanna's aria 'Deh vieni, non tardar'
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Two Flute Quartets: No.3 in C major K.Anh.171 (K.285b) & No.1 in D major (K.285)
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Two Flute Quartets: No.3 in C major K.Anh.171 (K.285b) & No.1 in D major (K.285)
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Horn Quintet, final mvt.
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Horn Quintet, final mvt.
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Violin Sonata in G Major K.301
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Violin Sonata in G Major K.301
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Concerto Rhif 21 Andante
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Concerto Rhif 21 Andante
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Concerto for flute and orchestra (K.313) in G major, 1st mvt; Allegro maestoso
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Concerto for flute and orchestra (K.313) in G major, 1st mvt; Allegro maestoso
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Symphony no. 41 (K.551) in C major "Jupiter", 1st movement; Allegro vivace
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Symphony no. 41 (K.551) in C major "Jupiter", 1st movement; Allegro vivace
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Overture: Il re pastore
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Overture: Il re pastore
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Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 13 (K.415) in C major, 3rd mvt; Allegro
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Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 13 (K.415) in C major, 3rd mvt; Allegro
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Partita in E flat (K.Anh.C 17`3)
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Partita in E flat (K.Anh.C 17`3)
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Symphony No.16 in C major (K.128)
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Symphony No.16 in C major (K.128)
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Cosi fan tutte (Un aura amorosa)
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Cosi fan tutte (Un aura amorosa)
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Quartet in B flat major K.159
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Quartet in B flat major K.159
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Quartet for flute and strings (K.285) in D major, 3rd movement; Rondeau
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Quartet for flute and strings (K.285) in D major, 3rd movement; Rondeau
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Ah, vous dirais-je maman
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Ah, vous dirais-je maman
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Les petits riens: Overture
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Les petits riens: Overture
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String Quartet in G major, K.387
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String Quartet in G major, K.387
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Quintet in E flat major for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (K.452)
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Quintet in E flat major for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (K.452)
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Prelude and Fugue in C, K. 394, for piano
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Prelude and Fugue in C, K. 394, for piano
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Quintet for clarinet and strings K.581 in A major, 2nd mvt.
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Quintet for clarinet and strings K.581 in A major, 2nd mvt.
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Divertimento in D major, K.136
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Divertimento in D major, K.136
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Sonata for piano (K.545) in C major, 1st movement; Allegro
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Sonata for piano (K.545) in C major, 1st movement; Allegro
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Piano Sonata No.12 in F major (K.332)
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Piano Sonata No.12 in F major (K.332)
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The Barber of Seville
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The Barber of Seville
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Popoli Di Tessaglia (K.316)
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Popoli Di Tessaglia (K.316)
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Piano Trio in G Major, K.564 (iii. Allegretto)
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Piano Trio in G Major, K.564 (iii. Allegretto)
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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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Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music), K477
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Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music), K477
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Quell'agneletto candido (from Per la ricuperata salute di Ofelia) K477a
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Quell'agneletto candido (from Per la ricuperata salute di Ofelia) K477a
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