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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D major Rondo K. 485
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D major Rondo K. 485

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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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Rondo in A major, K 386
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Rondo in A major, K 386

Rondo in A major, K 386

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Camerata Academica of Salzburg Mozarteum
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Quartet for flute and strings in C major K.285b
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Quartet for flute and strings in C major K.285b
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String Quartet No 14 in G major, K387 'Spring' (3rd & 4th mvts)
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String Quartet No 14 in G major, K387 'Spring' (3rd & 4th mvts)
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Piano Concerto No 25 in C major, K 503 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 25 in C major, K 503 (3rd mvt)
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String Quartet in B flat, K458 (Hunt): finale
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String Quartet in B flat, K458 (Hunt): finale
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Violin Sonata in B flat major, K 454
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Violin Sonata in B flat major, K 454
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String Quartet in C no. 4 K. 157
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String Quartet in C no. 4 K. 157
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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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Requiem, Sequentia: Dies Irae
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Requiem, Sequentia: Dies Irae
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Violin Sonata in G K.301
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Violin Sonata in G K.301
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Die Zauberflöte, K620: "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön"
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Die Zauberflöte, K620: "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön"
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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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Abendempfindung K523
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Abendempfindung K523
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Piano Sonata No 13 in B flat major, K333
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Piano Sonata No 13 in B flat major, K333
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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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Sonata No. 18 in D Major, K. 576: III. Allegretto
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Sonata No. 18 in D Major, K. 576: III. Allegretto
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Le Nozze di Figaro K492 Act 2 'Voi che sapete' (Cherubino)
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Le Nozze di Figaro K492 Act 2 'Voi che sapete' (Cherubino)
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Divertimento in B flat major, K 240
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Divertimento in B flat major, K 240
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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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Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Sussmayr
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Requiem in D minor K.626, compl. Sussmayr
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Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat major, K 595
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Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat major, K 595
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Abendempfindung, K523
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Abendempfindung, K523
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Clarinet Concerto in A major, K 622 (1st mvt)
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Clarinet Concerto in A major, K 622 (1st mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat major, K 271 - 3rd movement, Rondeau (Presto – menuetto – presto)
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Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat major, K 271 - 3rd movement, Rondeau (Presto – menuetto – presto)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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9 Variations in C major on Dezede's arietta 'Lison dormait' for piano (K.264)
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9 Variations in C major on Dezede's arietta 'Lison dormait' for piano (K.264)
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Menuetto & Trio ('Jupiter' - Symphony No.41 in C major, K551)
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Menuetto & Trio ('Jupiter' - Symphony No.41 in C major, K551)
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The Magic Flute (Pa... pa... pa...)
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The Magic Flute (Pa... pa... pa...)
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Allegro, 1st Movement from Piano Sonata in C minor, K.457
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Allegro, 1st Movement from Piano Sonata in C minor, K.457
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Fantasia in C minor, K475
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Fantasia in C minor, K475
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Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: III Rondo: Allegro
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Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: III Rondo: Allegro
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Ch'io mi scordi di te?, K.505
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Ch'io mi scordi di te?, K.505
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Piano Concerto no. 11 in F major K.413 - 2nd mvt 'Larghetto'
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Piano Concerto no. 11 in F major K.413 - 2nd mvt 'Larghetto'
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Quintet in A major K.581 for clarinet and strings
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Quintet in A major K.581 for clarinet and strings
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