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 travelled 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 of which are 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 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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Der Schauspieldirektor, K486 (Overture)
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Der Schauspieldirektor, K486 (Overture)

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Mitridate, Re di Ponto - opera in 3 acts K.87
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Mitridate, Re di Ponto - opera in 3 acts K.87
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Symphony No 35 in D, K385 (Haffner)
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Symphony No 35 in D, K385 (Haffner)
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Symphony No 23 in D major, K181
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Symphony No 23 in D major, K181
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Nehmt meinen Dank, K 383
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Nehmt meinen Dank, K 383
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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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Concerto no. 2 in E flat major K.417 for horn and orchestra
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Concerto no. 2 in E flat major K.417 for horn and orchestra
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Sinfonia Concertante in E flat K297b - 3rd mvt
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Sinfonia Concertante in E flat K297b - 3rd mvt
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Serenade in B flat major, K.361 (3rd mvt)
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Serenade in B flat major, K.361 (3rd mvt)
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Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622 (2nd mvt)
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Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622 (2nd mvt)
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Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Sussmayr
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Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Sussmayr
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Der Holle Rache (The Magic Flute)
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Der Holle Rache (The Magic Flute)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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Quartet for oboe and strings in F major, K370
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Quartet for oboe and strings in F major, K370
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String Quartet in B flat major, K458, 'Hunt'
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String Quartet in B flat major, K458, 'Hunt'
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Cosi fan tutte - Act 2
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Cosi fan tutte - Act 2

Cosi fan tutte - Act 2

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Julia Gruter
Isabell Czarneckl
Xiaoke Hu
Rastislav Lalinsky
Ilia Staple
Justus Seeger
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Donato Sivo
Markus Poschner
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Cosi fan tutte - Act 1
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Cosi fan tutte - Act 1

Cosi fan tutte - Act 1

Singer
Julia Gruter
Isabell Czarneckl
Xiaoke Hu
Rastislav Lalinsky
Ilia Staple
Justus Seeger
Conductor
Donato Sivo
Markus Poschner
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String Quintet in D major, K 593
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String Quintet in D major, K 593
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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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Piano Sonata No 18 in D major, K 576 (1st mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 18 in D major, K 576 (1st mvt)
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Sull' aria... Che soave zeffiretto (The Marriage of Figaro)
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Sull' aria... Che soave zeffiretto (The Marriage of Figaro)
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Rondo in A minor, K.511
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Rondo in A minor, K.511
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Overture - Le Nozze di Figaro (K 492)
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Overture - Le Nozze di Figaro (K 492)
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Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K491 - 3rd mvt: Allegretto
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Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K491 - 3rd mvt: Allegretto
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Piano Sonata No 11 in A major, K 331 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 11 in A major, K 331 (3rd mvt)
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Adagio and Allegro, K.594
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Adagio and Allegro, K.594
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Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major
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Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major
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Madamina, il catalogo è questo (Don Giovanni)
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Madamina, il catalogo è questo (Don Giovanni)
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Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose (Il Seraglio)
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Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose (Il Seraglio)
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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, K254
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Divertimento in B-flat major for violin, cello and piano, K254
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Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: II. Andante
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Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467: II. Andante
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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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Symphony No.41 in C major K.551 (Jupiter); 4th movement - Molto allegro
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Symphony No.41 in C major K.551 (Jupiter); 4th movement - Molto allegro
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Symphony no. 34 in C major K.338
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Symphony no. 34 in C major K.338
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Rondo in D (K.485) [1786]
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Rondo in D (K.485) [1786]
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Sull'aria from The Marriage of Figaro
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Sull'aria from The Marriage of Figaro
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Soave sia il vento (Cosi fan tutte)
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Soave sia il vento (Cosi fan tutte)
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Adagio for glass harmonica K617a
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Adagio for glass harmonica K617a
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Le nozze di Figaro (Introduction; Porgi amor; Non piu andrai)
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Le nozze di Figaro (Introduction; Porgi amor; Non piu andrai)
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Piano Concerto No 15 in B flat major, K450
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Piano Concerto No 15 in B flat major, K450
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Sonata No.14 in C minor K.457 - I. molto allegro
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Sonata No.14 in C minor K.457 - I. molto allegro
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Concerto in C major for flute and harp, K 299 (1st mvt)
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Concerto in C major for flute and harp, K 299 (1st mvt)
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Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K.364 for Violin, Viola and Orchestra
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Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K.364 for Violin, Viola and Orchestra
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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
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Zeffiretti lusinghieri from 'Idomeneo'
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Zeffiretti lusinghieri from 'Idomeneo'
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Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, K 466 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, K 466 (3rd mvt)
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Divertimento in F major, K 138
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Divertimento in F major, K 138
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Serenade in B flat major, K.361 'Gran Partita'
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Serenade in B flat major, K.361 'Gran Partita'
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Sinfonia concertante in E flat major, K.364
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Sinfonia concertante in E flat major, K.364
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