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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Horn Concerto No 4 in E flat major, K 495 (3rd mvt)
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Horn Concerto No 4 in E flat major, K 495 (3rd mvt)

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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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Serenade No.10 Gran Partita K.361 - Adagio
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Serenade No.10 Gran Partita K.361 - Adagio

Serenade No.10 Gran Partita K.361 - Adagio

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Harmonie de l'Orchestre des Champs Elysees
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Andrò ramingo e solo (Idomeneo)
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Andrò ramingo e solo (Idomeneo)
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Piano Concerto No.23 in A major (K.488)
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Piano Concerto No.23 in A major (K.488)
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Quartet in G major (K.387)
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Quartet in G major (K.387)
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String Quartet in G major, K 156
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String Quartet in G major, K 156

String Quartet in G major, K 156

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Ensemble
Players from Europa Galante
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String Quartet No. 1 in G major, K 80
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String Quartet No. 1 in G major, K 80
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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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6 Variations on 'Mio caro Adone', K 180
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6 Variations on 'Mio caro Adone', K 180
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Piano Quartet in E flat major, K 493 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Quartet in E flat major, K 493 (2nd mvt)
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Rondo (Concert rondo) for horn and orchestra in E flat major, K371
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Rondo (Concert rondo) for horn and orchestra in E flat major, K371
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Serenade in G major K 525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik) 2nd movement; Romanze (andante)
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Serenade in G major K 525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik) 2nd movement; Romanze (andante)
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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)

Serenade in G major K 525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)

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String Quintet from World Orchestra for Peace
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Adagio in E major, K 261
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Adagio in E major, K 261
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Divertimento in B flat major, K 137 (3rd mvt)
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Divertimento in B flat major, K 137 (3rd mvt)
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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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Don Giovanni (K.527) - Overture
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Don Giovanni (K.527) - Overture
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Oboe Quartet in F major, K 370 (3rd mvt)
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Oboe Quartet in F major, K 370 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K537 "Coronation" - 3rd mvt: Allegretto
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Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K537 "Coronation" - 3rd mvt: Allegretto
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Divertimento in E flat major, K.113
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Divertimento in E flat major, K.113
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Piano Sonata in F major K.280
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Piano Sonata in F major K.280
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Overture to Don Giovanni, K.527
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Overture to Don Giovanni, K.527
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Horn Concerto No 4 in E flat major - Rondo
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Horn Concerto No 4 in E flat major - Rondo
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Serenade No. 10 in B flat, K.361 'Gran Partita' - 3rd movement, Adagio
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Serenade No. 10 in B flat, K.361 'Gran Partita' - 3rd movement, Adagio
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Serenade in D major K.239 "Serenata Notturna"
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Serenade in D major K.239 "Serenata Notturna"
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Trio for piano, clarinet and viola in E flat major, K498, 'Kegelstatt'
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Trio for piano, clarinet and viola in E flat major, K498, 'Kegelstatt'
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Sonata for piano in C major, K545 (arr. Grieg)
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Sonata for piano in C major, K545 (arr. Grieg)

Sonata for piano in C major, K545 (arr. Grieg)

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Julie Adam
Daniel Herscovitch
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Oboe Quartet in F major, K370 (3rd mvt)
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Oboe Quartet in F major, K370 (3rd mvt)
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Oboe Quartet in F major, K370 (1st mvt)
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Oboe Quartet in F major, K370 (1st 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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Violin Concerto for violin and orchestra no 3 in G major, K.216
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Violin Concerto for violin and orchestra no 3 in G major, K.216
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Rondo concertante in B flat major, K269
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Rondo concertante in B flat major, K269

Rondo concertante in B flat major, K269

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Mozart Anniversary Orchestra
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Exsultate, jubilate K165
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Exsultate, jubilate K165
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Piano Sonata No 1 in C major, K 279 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 1 in C major, K 279 (2nd mvt)
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Le Nozze di Figaro - opera in 4 acts K.492
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Le Nozze di Figaro - opera in 4 acts K.492
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Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Duncan Druce
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Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Duncan Druce
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Ah! Perdona al primo affetto
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Ah! Perdona al primo affetto
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La Ci Darem La Mano (Don Giovanni)
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La Ci Darem La Mano (Don Giovanni)
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Trio K. 498 'Kegelstatt'
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Trio K. 498 'Kegelstatt'
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Piano Concerto No 21 in C major, K 467 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 21 in C major, K 467 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 14 in E flat (K449)
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Piano Concerto No 14 in E flat (K449)
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La Clemenza di Tito - 's'altro che lacrime'
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La Clemenza di Tito - 's'altro che lacrime'
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Clarinet Concerto KV 622 i. Allegro
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Clarinet Concerto KV 622 i. Allegro
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Violin Concerto No 4 in D major, K 218 (2nd mvt)
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Violin Concerto No 4 in D major, K 218 (2nd mvt)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
12 Variations for piano in B flat major K.500
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12 Variations for piano in B flat major K.500
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Piano Concerto in F major, K.459
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Piano Concerto in F major, K.459
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Turkish March (Rondo alla Turca from Piano sonata no.11)
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Turkish March (Rondo alla Turca from Piano sonata no.11)
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Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Op. 108, K. 581: IV. Allegretto con variazioni
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Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Op. 108, K. 581: IV. Allegretto con variazioni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Alleluia (Exsultate, jubilate K165)
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Alleluia (Exsultate, jubilate K165)
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Divertimento (K.138) in F major
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Divertimento (K.138) in F major

Divertimento (K.138) in F major

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Brussels Chamber Orchestra
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