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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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento in E flat major, K 252 (1st mvt)
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Divertimento in E flat major, K 252 (1st mvt)

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Sonata in F K332 - 2nd Movement
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Sonata in F K332 - 2nd Movement
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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Rondo alla Turca (3rd movement from Piano Sonata no 11 in A, K.331)
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Rondo alla Turca (3rd movement from Piano Sonata no 11 in A, K.331)
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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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Sonata in B flat major K 281 for piano; 3rd movement; Rondeau
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Sonata in B flat major K 281 for piano; 3rd movement; Rondeau
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Fantasia in D minor K 397 for piano
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Fantasia in D minor K 397 for piano
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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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Symphony No 41 in C major, K 551, 'Jupiter' (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 41 in C major, K 551, 'Jupiter' (4th mvt)
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Rondo in D major K.382 for piano and orchestra
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Rondo in D major K.382 for piano and orchestra
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Divertimento in F major, K.213
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Divertimento in F major, K.213
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Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra in E flat major, K365
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Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra in E flat major, K365
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Kirchen-Sonate in B flat, K212
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Kirchen-Sonate in B flat, K212

Kirchen-Sonate in B flat, K212

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Royal Academy of Music Beckett Ensemble
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Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen (The Magic Flute)
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Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen (The Magic Flute)
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Thamos, König in Ägypten, K. 345: Ouverture. Maestoso
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Thamos, König in Ägypten, K. 345: Ouverture. Maestoso
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Wind Quintet in E flat major, K.452 (2nd mvt)
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Wind Quintet in E flat major, K.452 (2nd mvt)
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Divertimento in B flat major (K.439b`2)
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Divertimento in B flat major (K.439b`2)
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Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K466 - 2nd mvt: Romance
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Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K466 - 2nd mvt: Romance
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Ch'io mi scordi di te?
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Ch'io mi scordi di te?
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Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat major, K.450
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Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat major, K.450
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Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370 - 3rd movement, Rondeau
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Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370 - 3rd movement, Rondeau
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Sinfonia concertante in E flat major K.364 (3rd mv)
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Sinfonia concertante in E flat major K.364 (3rd mv)
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Clarinet Quintet in A major, K 581 (1st mvt)
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Clarinet Quintet in A major, K 581 (1st mvt)
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Piano Sonata in F major (K.533)
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Piano Sonata in F major (K.533)
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Symphony No 41 in C, K 551 'Jupiter'
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Symphony No 41 in C, K 551 'Jupiter'
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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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Symphony No 39 in E flat, K 543
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Symphony No 39 in E flat, K 543
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Symphony no. 23 in D major K.181
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Symphony no. 23 in D major K.181
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Idomeneo: Atto III, sc. ultima. No.31 Coro "Scenda Amor, Scemda Idomeneo"
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Idomeneo: Atto III, sc. ultima. No.31 Coro "Scenda Amor, Scemda Idomeneo"
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Idomeneo: Atto I, sc.10. No 9 Coro "Nettuno S'onori"
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Idomeneo: Atto I, sc.10. No 9 Coro "Nettuno S'onori"
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Die Zauberflöte, K 620/ Act 2: Seid Uns Zum Zweiten Mal Willkommen
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Die Zauberflöte, K 620/ Act 2: Seid Uns Zum Zweiten Mal Willkommen
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Die Zauberflöte, K 620/ Act 2: Seid Uns Zum Zweiten Mal Willkommen
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Die Zauberflöte, K 620/ Act 2: Seid Uns Zum Zweiten Mal Willkommen
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Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen
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Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen
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Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act 2: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen
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Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act 2: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen
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Flute Quartet No.1 in D major, K.285
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Flute Quartet No.1 in D major, K.285

Flute Quartet No.1 in D major, K.285

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Dae-Won Kim
Jink-Yung Chee
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Myung-Hee Cho
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Divertimento in D major K136
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Divertimento in D major K136
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String Quartet in G major (K.156)
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String Quartet in G major (K.156)
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Sonata in D Major, KV.381 (123a), 3rd movement Allegro molto
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Sonata in D Major, KV.381 (123a), 3rd movement Allegro molto
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Lo sposo deluso, K430 (Overture and opening quartet)
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Lo sposo deluso, K430 (Overture and opening quartet)
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Sonata in G, K 11: first mvt: Andante
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Sonata in G, K 11: first mvt: Andante
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Der Schauspieldirektor, K486 (Overture)
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Der Schauspieldirektor, K486 (Overture)
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A Musical Jloe
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A Musical Jloe
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Der Schauspieldirektor, K.486: Overture
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Der Schauspieldirektor, K.486: Overture
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Rondo in E flat major for horn and orchestra, K 371
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Rondo in E flat major for horn and orchestra, K 371
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Symphony No 29 in A major, K 201 (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 29 in A major, K 201 (2nd mvt)
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Litaniae Lauretanae, K 109
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Litaniae Lauretanae, K 109
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Rondeau - Allegro from Violin Concerto no.3 in in G major K.216
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Rondeau - Allegro from Violin Concerto no.3 in in G major K.216
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Requiem in D minor (compl. Süssmayr)
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Requiem in D minor (compl. Süssmayr)
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Piano Sonata in C major, K545 arr Grieg (1st mvt)
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Piano Sonata in C major, K545 arr Grieg (1st mvt)
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Overture to Bastien and Bastienne, K.50
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Overture to Bastien and Bastienne, K.50
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Piano Concerto in F major (K413) - 3rd mvt: Tempo di Menuetto
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Piano Concerto in F major (K413) - 3rd mvt: Tempo di Menuetto
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