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 early death at the age of 35. The circumstances of his death have been much mythologized.

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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Piano Sonata in C minor, K 457 (1st mvt)
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Piano Sonata in C minor, K 457 (1st mvt)
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Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622
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Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622
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Adagio in F major, K 410
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Adagio in F major, K 410
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Flute Quartet in D major, K285
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Flute Quartet in D major, K285
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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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Symphony no. 10 in G major K.74
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Symphony no. 10 in G major K.74
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Bella mia fiamma... Resta, o cara K.528
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Bella mia fiamma... Resta, o cara K.528
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Horn Concerto no. 4 in E flat major K.495
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Horn Concerto no. 4 in E flat major K.495
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"Se il padre perdei" from Idomeneo K.366
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"Se il padre perdei" from Idomeneo K.366
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Piano Sonata No 10 in C major, K 330
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Piano Sonata No 10 in C major, K 330
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Concerto in C major K.299 for flute and harp
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Concerto in C major K.299 for flute and harp
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O temerario Arbace - Per quel paterno amplesso K.79
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O temerario Arbace - Per quel paterno amplesso K.79
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Symphony no. 1 in E flat major K.16
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Symphony no. 1 in E flat major K.16
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The Little Things (Overture)
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The Little Things (Overture)
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Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412
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Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412
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Symphony No. 4 in D major, K.19
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Symphony No. 4 in D major, K.19
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Partita in E flat (K.Anh.C 17`1)
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Partita in E flat (K.Anh.C 17`1)
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Symphony No.34 in C, K338
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Symphony No.34 in C, K338
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Piano Trio in B flat major, K502
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Piano Trio in B flat major, K502
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String Quartet in A major, K 464 (4th mvt)
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String Quartet in A major, K 464 (4th mvt)
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Le Nozze Di Figaro, Signore, Di Fuori - Ah! Signore ... Signor
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Le Nozze Di Figaro, Signore, Di Fuori - Ah! Signore ... Signor
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Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581
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Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581
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String Quartet in C major, K.465 'Dissonance'  
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String Quartet in C major, K.465 'Dissonance'  
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Menuetto and Trio (Kegelstatt Trio K. 498)
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Menuetto and Trio (Kegelstatt Trio K. 498)
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Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat major K269/K261a
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Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat major K269/K261a
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Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Sussmayr
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Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Sussmayr

Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Sussmayr

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Istvan Horvath
Istvan Kovacs
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Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K. 543
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Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K. 543
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Adagio and Fugue in C minor K546
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Adagio and Fugue in C minor K546
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Un'aura amorosa (Cosi fan tutte)
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Un'aura amorosa (Cosi fan tutte)
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The Marriage of Figaro: 'I don't know what it is that I'm feeling'
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The Marriage of Figaro: 'I don't know what it is that I'm feeling'
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Adagio and rondo in C minor K.617
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Adagio and rondo in C minor K.617
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Oboe Quartet in F, K370
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Oboe Quartet in F, K370
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Cosi fan tutte, K.588 (Soave sia il vento)
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Cosi fan tutte, K.588  (Soave sia il vento)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
La finta giardiniera (Overture)
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La finta giardiniera (Overture)
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Divertimento in B flat major, K 137
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Divertimento in B flat major, K 137
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Serenade in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
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Serenade in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
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Le nozze di Figaro (Overture)
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Le nozze di Figaro (Overture)
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Adagio for violin and orchestra, K. 261
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Adagio for violin and orchestra, K. 261
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Partita in F (K.Anh.C 17.05) for wind octet
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Partita in F (K.Anh.C 17.05) for wind octet
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Bassoon Concerto in B flat major. K191
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Bassoon Concerto in B flat major. K191
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Divertimento in B flat major, K 254
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Divertimento in B flat major, K 254
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Misericordias Domini - Offertory K.222
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Misericordias Domini - Offertory K.222
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Pa-pa-pa [Die Zauberflote] (excerpt)
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Pa-pa-pa [Die Zauberflote] (excerpt)
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Queen of the Night's Aria (The Magic Flute)
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Queen of the Night's Aria (The Magic Flute)
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The Magic Flute
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The Magic Flute
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Le Nozze Di Figaro, Act III scene 5; Sextet: Riconosci in questo amplesso
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Le Nozze Di Figaro, Act III scene 5; Sextet: Riconosci in questo amplesso
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Serenade in B flat major, K 361, 'Gran Partita' (7th mvt)
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Serenade in B flat major, K 361, 'Gran Partita' (7th mvt)
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Divertimento in B flat major, K 270 (1st mvt)
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Divertimento in B flat major, K 270 (1st mvt)
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Trio in C major, K548 (3rd mvt)
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Trio in C major, K548 (3rd mvt)
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A Musical Joke, K 522 (4th mvt)
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A Musical Joke, K 522 (4th mvt)
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