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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Piano Sonata No 11 in A major, K 331 (1st mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 11 in A major, K 331 (1st mvt)

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Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat major, K 595 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat major, K 595 (2nd 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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Requiem In D Minor K.626
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Requiem In D Minor K.626
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Fantasia In C Minor K.475
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Fantasia In C Minor K.475
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Don Giovanni / Act2: "Il Mio Tesoro Intanto"
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Don Giovanni / Act2: "Il Mio Tesoro Intanto"
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Don Giovanni, K527, Act 1: Act 1 Scene 13: Aria: Or Sai Chi L'onore (Donna Anna)
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Don Giovanni, K527, Act 1: Act 1 Scene 13: Aria: Or Sai Chi L'onore (Donna Anna)
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Don Giovanni / Act 1 "Don Ottavio...son morta!"
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Don Giovanni / Act 1 "Don Ottavio...son morta!"
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Don Giovanni, Ossia II Dissoluto Punito, K.527 - Prague Version 1787: Overture
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Don Giovanni, Ossia II Dissoluto Punito, K.527 - Prague Version 1787: Overture
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Lucio Silla: Il Tenero Momento Premio di Tanto Amore (Cecilio)
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Lucio Silla: Il Tenero Momento Premio di Tanto Amore (Cecilio)
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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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Adagio and fugue for strings in C minor, K.546
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Adagio and fugue for strings in C minor, K.546
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Rondo in A minor k.511
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Rondo in A minor k.511
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Violin Sonata in D Major, K. 306: II. Andante cantabile
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Violin Sonata in D Major, K. 306: II. Andante cantabile
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Horn Concerto No 1 in D major, K412
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Horn Concerto No 1 in D major, K412

Horn Concerto No 1 in D major, K412

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Premysl Vojta
Orchestra
Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
Lukasz Borowicz
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Overture from the Marriage of Figaro
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Overture from the Marriage of Figaro
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D major Rondo K. 485
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D major Rondo K. 485
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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. 25 in G minor, K. 183
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Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183
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Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat, K450
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Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat, K450
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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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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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Così fan tutte (Overture)
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Così fan tutte (Overture)
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String Quartet in D major K.575 (3rd mvt)
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String Quartet in D major K.575 (3rd mvt)
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Le Nozze di Figaro; Deh vieni (feat. Yaritza Veliz)
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Le Nozze di Figaro; Deh vieni (feat. Yaritza Veliz)

Le Nozze di Figaro; Deh vieni (feat. Yaritza Veliz)

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Yaritza Veliz
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Edmund Whitehead
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Violin Sonata in G K.301
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Violin Sonata in G K.301
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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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Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: II. Andante
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Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: II. Andante
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Violin Sonata in A major, K.305 (1st mvt)
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Violin Sonata in A major, K.305 (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

Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, K 216

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Danish Radio Chamber Orchestra
Conductor
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Rondo in C major, K 373
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Rondo in C major, K 373
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Der Hölle Rache (The Magic Flute)
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Der Hölle Rache (The Magic Flute)
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Sonata for Piano Duet in F major, K 497
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Sonata for Piano Duet in F major, K 497
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Non più andrai (The Marriage of Figaro)
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Non più andrai (The Marriage of Figaro)
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Symphony No 38 in D major, K 504, 'Prague' (3rd mvt)
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Symphony No 38 in D major, K 504, 'Prague' (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, K 466 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, K 466 (2nd 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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Rondo concertante in B flat major, K269
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Rondo concertante in B flat major, K269
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Symphony No. 41 in C major K.551 (Jupiter)
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Symphony No. 41 in C major K.551 (Jupiter)
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12 Variations On 'Ah, Vous Dirai-Je, Maman' K.265 (arr Frang & Power)
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12 Variations On 'Ah, Vous Dirai-Je, Maman' K.265 (arr Frang & Power)
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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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Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, K. 283: I. Allegro
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Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, K. 283: I. Allegro
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Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622 (3rd mvt)
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Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622 (3rd mvt)
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Marriage of Figaro, overture
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Marriage of Figaro, overture

Marriage of Figaro, overture

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Danish Radio Chamber Orchestra
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Soave sia il vento
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Soave sia il vento
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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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Clarinet Quintet (2nd mvt: Larghetto)
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Clarinet Quintet (2nd mvt: Larghetto)
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Sonata no. 18 in D K.576
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Sonata no. 18 in D K.576
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Fantasia in D minor, K.397
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Fantasia in D minor, K.397
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Symphony No.5 in B flat major K.22
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Symphony No.5 in B flat major K.22
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In quali eccessi... Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata (Don Giovanni)
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In quali eccessi... Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata (Don Giovanni)
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