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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Allegro for Clarinet and String Quartet in B Flat Major
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Allegro for Clarinet and String Quartet in B Flat Major

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Violin Sonata in D, K306 (3rd mvt)
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Violin Sonata in D, K306 (3rd mvt)
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Violin Sonata in E minor K304 (2nd mvt)
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Violin Sonata in E minor K304 (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 39 in E flat major, K 543 (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 39 in E flat major, K 543 (4th mvt)
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Violin Concerto no.3 in G major, K.216 (3rd mvt)
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Violin Concerto no.3 in G major, K.216 (3rd mvt)
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La Clemenza di Tito: Overture
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La Clemenza di Tito: Overture
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Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550 (1st mvt)
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Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550 (1st mvt)
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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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Ave Verum Corpus, K618
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Ave Verum Corpus, K618

Ave Verum Corpus, K618

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Slovenian Radio and Television Chamber Choir
Conductor
Tomaz Faganel
Pavle Dešpalj
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Piano Sonata No 8 in A minor, K 310 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 8 in A minor, K 310 (3rd mvt)
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A cenar teco m'invitasti (Don Giovanni)
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A cenar teco m'invitasti (Don Giovanni)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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Flute Quartet in C major (KA.171)
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Flute Quartet in C major (KA.171)
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Der Vogelfänger Bin Ich Ja
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Der Vogelfänger Bin Ich Ja
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Sonata in C major K.545 for piano
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Sonata in C major K.545 for piano
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Serenade in G major, K 525, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
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Serenade in G major, K 525, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
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Sonata for violin and keyboard (K.301) in G major
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Sonata for violin and keyboard (K.301) in G major
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Solche hergelaufne Laffen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)
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Solche hergelaufne Laffen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)
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Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd Schön (Die Zauberflöte)
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Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd Schön (Die Zauberflöte)
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Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major K.299, Last Mvt.
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Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major K.299, Last Mvt.
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9 Variations on a minuet by Duport for piano (K.573)
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9 Variations on a minuet by Duport for piano (K.573)
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String Quartet in C major, K465 'Dissonance'
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String Quartet in C major, K465 'Dissonance'
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Horn Quintet in E flat major, K 407 (2nd mvt)
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Horn Quintet in E flat major, K 407 (2nd mvt)
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A Musical Jloe
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A Musical Jloe
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)

The Magic Flute (Overture)

Orchestra
Norwegian National Opera Orchestra
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Adagio and Allegro in E flat major (K.Anh.C 17.07) for wind octet
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Adagio and Allegro in E flat major (K.Anh.C 17.07) for wind octet
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Deh, vieni alla finestra (Don Giovanni)
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Deh, vieni alla finestra (Don Giovanni)
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12 Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman', K265
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12 Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman', K265
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Idomeneo - Overture, March, and Three arias
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Idomeneo - Overture, March, and Three arias
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Rondo in A minor K.511
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Rondo in A minor K.511
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Serenade in E flat major, K 375 (3rd mvt)
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Serenade in E flat major, K 375 (3rd mvt)
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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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Una donna a quindici anni (Così fan tutte)
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Una donna a quindici anni (Così fan tutte)
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Serenade in B flat major, K 361, 'Gran Partita' (4th mvt)
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Serenade in B flat major, K 361, 'Gran Partita' (4th mvt)
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The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)
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The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)
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Regina coeli for soloists SATB, chorus, orchestra & organ (K.276) in C major
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Regina coeli for soloists SATB, chorus, orchestra & organ (K.276) in C major
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Horn Concerto no 2 in E flat major K.417
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Horn Concerto no 2 in E flat major K.417
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Symphony No 39 in E flat
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Symphony No 39 in E flat
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Kyrie in D minor K 341
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Kyrie in D minor K 341
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Piano Sonata No 3 in B flat major (3rd mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 3 in B flat major (3rd mvt)
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Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, K. 498 "Kegelstatt": III. Rondo. Allegretto
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Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, K. 498 "Kegelstatt": III. Rondo. Allegretto
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Cosi Fan Tutte, K.588 (Un' Aura amorosa)
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Cosi Fan Tutte, K.588 (Un' Aura amorosa)
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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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9 Variations on a minuet by Duport, K573
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9 Variations on a minuet by Duport, K573
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Ave verum corpus, K 618
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Ave verum corpus, K 618
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Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K.450 for piano and orchestra
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Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K.450 for piano and orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Thamos, Konig in Aegypten - music for the play K.345
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Thamos, Konig in Aegypten - music for the play K.345
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 iii) Allegro vivace assai
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Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 iii) Allegro vivace assai
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Don Giovanni - end of Act 1 finale
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Don Giovanni - end of Act 1 finale
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