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, 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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Kyrie from Mass in C major K.317 (Coronation)
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Kyrie from Mass in C major K.317 (Coronation)
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String Quintet in G minor, K516
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String Quintet in G minor, K516
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Fantasy in C minor, K 475
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Fantasy in C minor, K 475
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Die Zauberflöte, Act I: Quintet "Hm! hm! hm! hm!"
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Die Zauberflöte, Act I: Quintet "Hm! hm! hm! hm!"
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Violin Sonata in C major, K303
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Violin Sonata in C major, K303
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Overture (Der Schauspieldirektor, K486)
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Overture (Der Schauspieldirektor, K486)
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Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (K.492)
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Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (K.492)
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Serenade in B flat major, K 361, 'Gran Partita' (3rd mvt)
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Serenade in B flat major, K 361, 'Gran Partita' (3rd mvt)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat, K238
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Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat, K238
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Larghetto and Fugue in D major, K.405/5
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Larghetto and Fugue in D major, K.405/5
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Symphony No 25 in G minor (K.183)
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Symphony No 25 in G minor (K.183)

Symphony No 25 in G minor (K.183)

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Danish Radio Sinfonietta/DR
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Clarinet Quintet in A major, K 581 (Proms 2017)
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Clarinet Quintet in A major, K 581 (Proms 2017)
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Trio in E flat major, K 498, 'Kegelstatt'
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Trio in E flat major, K 498, 'Kegelstatt'
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra (K.622) in A major, 2nd mvt; Adagio
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Concerto for clarinet and orchestra (K.622) in A major, 2nd mvt; Adagio
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.26 in D major "Coronation" K.537
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Piano Concerto No.26 in D major "Coronation" K.537
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Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216
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Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216
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Symphony No 38 in D major 'Prague', K 504
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Symphony No 38 in D major 'Prague', K 504
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The Magic Flute - Aria De Holle Rache (Proms 2017)
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The Magic Flute - Aria De Holle Rache (Proms 2017)
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The Magic Flute (Overture) (Proms 2017)
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The Magic Flute (Overture) (Proms 2017)
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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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Fantasia in C minor K.475
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Fantasia in C minor K.475
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Mass In C Minor K.427: Et Incarnatus
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Mass In C Minor K.427: Et Incarnatus
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Il re pastore: L'amerò, sarò costante
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Il re pastore: L'amerò, sarò costante
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.38 in D major K.504 "Prague"
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Symphony No.38 in D major K.504 "Prague"
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Sinfonia concertante in E flat major, K 364 (3rd mvt)
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Sinfonia concertante in E flat major, K 364 (3rd mvt)
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Soave sia il vento (Così fan tutte)
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Soave sia il vento (Così fan tutte)
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Divertimento in B-flat major for violin, cello and piano (K.254)
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Divertimento in B-flat major for violin, cello and piano (K.254)
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Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for flute, Oboe, horn, bassoon and orchestra KV 297b. 3rd movt : Andante con variazioni
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Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for flute, Oboe, horn, bassoon and orchestra KV 297b. 3rd movt : Andante con variazioni
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Les petits riens: Overture
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Les petits riens: Overture
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Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major
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Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major
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Symphony No. 38 in D major, 'Prague'
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Symphony No. 38 in D major, 'Prague'
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La Clemenza di Tito, Act I: Parto, ma tu ben mio
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La Clemenza di Tito, Act I: Parto, ma tu ben mio
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Don Giovanni, Act I: Duet. 'La ci darem la mano'
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Don Giovanni, Act I: Duet. 'La ci darem la mano'
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Thamos, King of Athens: Entr'acte No.5
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Thamos, King of Athens: Entr'acte No.5

Thamos, King of Athens: Entr'acte No.5

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Orchestra of Classical Opera Company
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Ian Page
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fantasy in C minor (K.396)
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Fantasy in C minor (K.396)
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Coronation Mass (Credo)
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Coronation Mass (Credo)
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Divertimento No 2 in B flat (1st and 3rd mvts)
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Divertimento No 2 in B flat (1st and 3rd mvts)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Der Hölle Rache (The Magic Flute)
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Der Hölle Rache (The Magic Flute)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat major, K 271 - 3rd movement, Rondeau (Presto – menuetto – presto)
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Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat major, K 271 - 3rd movement, Rondeau (Presto – menuetto – presto)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Overture (Le Nozze di Figaro, K492)
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Overture (Le Nozze di Figaro, K492)
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Ch'io mi scordi di te? - recitative and rondo K.505
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Ch'io mi scordi di te? - recitative and rondo K.505
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata in F major K 280 - 2nd mvt: Adagio
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Piano Sonata in F major K 280 - 2nd mvt: Adagio
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata in F major K 332 - 1st mvt: Allegro
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Piano Sonata in F major K 332 - 1st mvt: Allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto in F major, K.459
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Piano Concerto in F major, K.459
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Requiem, K.626: Recordare; Confutatis; Lacrimosa
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Requiem, K.626: Recordare; Confutatis; Lacrimosa
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Vesperae solennes de confessore K339 (Laudate Dominum)
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Vesperae solennes de confessore K339 (Laudate Dominum)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No 21 in C major, K 467
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Piano Concerto No 21 in C major, K 467
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto in B flat major, K.595
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Piano Concerto in B flat major, K.595
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ave Verum Corpus K.618
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Ave Verum Corpus K.618
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216 (Proms 2017)
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Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216 (Proms 2017)
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