Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Born 27 January 1756. Died 5 December 1791
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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Dies irae; Tuba mirum from Requiem
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Dies irae; Tuba mirum from Requiem

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Adagio, from Piano Sonata No. 12 in F, K. 332
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Adagio, from Piano Sonata No. 12 in F, K. 332
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Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K. 595
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Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K. 595
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Symphony no. 31 in D major K.297 (Paris) (K.300a) - [either version]
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Symphony no. 31 in D major K.297 (Paris) (K.300a) - [either version]
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Ave verum corpus K 618
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Ave verum corpus K 618
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Symphony No.25 in G minor K183 - movement 1
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Symphony No.25 in G minor K183 - movement 1
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Piano Concerto No 17 in G major, K 453 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 17 in G major, K 453 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 16 in C major, K 545
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Piano Sonata No 16 in C major, K 545
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Serenade (K.525) in G major, 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'
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Serenade (K.525) in G major, 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'
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Vesperae solennes de confessore (K.339), Laudate Dominum
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Vesperae solennes de confessore (K.339), Laudate Dominum
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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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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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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Rondo in B flat major, K 269
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Rondo in B flat major, K 269
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The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)
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The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)
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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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Adagio in B flat major (K.411)
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Adagio in B flat major (K.411)
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Symphony No 35 in D major 'Haffner' (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 35 in D major 'Haffner' (4th mvt)
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Adagio in E major K.261 for violin and orchestra
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Adagio in E major K.261 for violin and orchestra
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Idomeneo (Overture)
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Idomeneo (Overture)
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Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio - aria for soprano and orchestra (K.418)
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Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio - aria for soprano and orchestra (K.418)
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Flute And Harp Concerto
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Flute And Harp Concerto
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Piano Trio in G, K. 564
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Piano Trio in G, K. 564
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Quartet in A major K.464 for strings
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Quartet in A major K.464 for strings
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Agnus Dei - Coronation Mass
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Agnus Dei - Coronation Mass
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Piano Quartet in E flat (K.493)
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Piano Quartet in E flat (K.493)
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Voi che Sapete
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Voi che Sapete
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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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La clemenza di Tito, K621: Se all'impero, amici Dei
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La clemenza di Tito, K621: Se all'impero, amici Dei
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Dove sono (The Marriage of Figaro)
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Dove sono (The Marriage of Figaro)
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Divertimento (K.213) in F major for wind, [complete]
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Divertimento (K.213) in F major for wind, [complete]
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Wir wandelten durch Feuersgluten (Die Zauberflote) (feat. Kiri Te Kanawa & Francisco Araiza)
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Wir wandelten durch Feuersgluten (Die Zauberflote) (feat. Kiri Te Kanawa & Francisco Araiza)
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Quintet in E flat for piano & winds, K. 452: i) Largo - Allegro moderato
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Quintet in E flat for piano & winds, K. 452: i) Largo - Allegro moderato
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Sonata in D Major KV 7; 2nd mvt Adagio
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Sonata in D Major KV 7; 2nd mvt Adagio
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Piano Quartet in E flat major, K493
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Piano Quartet in E flat major, K493
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Andante (Piano Concerto No.21 in C major, K467)
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Andante (Piano Concerto No.21 in C major, K467)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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Sonata in B flat major for piano duet, K 358
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Sonata in B flat major for piano duet, K 358
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Concerto in E flat major for two pianos, K 365 (3rd mvt)
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Concerto in E flat major for two pianos, K 365 (3rd mvt)
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Symphony No 1 in E flat major, K 16
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Symphony No 1 in E flat major, K 16
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Violin Concerto no 4 in D major, K 218
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Violin Concerto no 4 in D major, K 218

Violin Concerto no 4 in D major, K 218

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Mozart Anniversary Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Deh vieni, non tardar (Le Nozze di Figaro)
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Deh vieni, non tardar (Le Nozze di Figaro)
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Requiem K.626: Lacrimosa
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Requiem K.626: Lacrimosa
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nehmt meinen Dank K.383
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Nehmt meinen Dank K.383
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Symphony no.31 in D K.297; 3rd Movement; Allegro
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Symphony no.31 in D K.297; 3rd Movement; Allegro
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Serenade in E flat major, K 375 (1st mvt)
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Serenade in E flat major, K 375 (1st mvt)

Serenade in E flat major, K 375 (1st mvt)

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Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Winds
Conductor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No 19 in F major, K 459 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 19 in F major, K 459 (3rd mvt)
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Serenade no 10 in B flat major, K.361 ('Gran Partita')
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Serenade no 10 in B flat major, K.361 ('Gran Partita')

Serenade no 10 in B flat major, K.361 ('Gran Partita')

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Wind section of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Symphony No 29 in A major, K 201 (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 29 in A major, K 201 (4th mvt)
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Rondo in D, K.485
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Rondo in D, K.485
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