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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Agnus Dei - Coronation Mass
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Agnus Dei - Coronation Mass

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Kyrie (Mass in C minor, K 427)
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Kyrie (Mass in C minor, K 427)
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String Quartet in B flat K 458 'Hunt' (4th mvt)
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String Quartet in B flat K 458 'Hunt' (4th mvt)
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Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478: III. Rondo. Allegro moderato
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Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478: III. Rondo. Allegro moderato
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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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La clemenza di Tito (Overture)
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La clemenza di Tito (Overture)

La clemenza di Tito (Overture)

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Norwegian National Opera Orchestra
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Piano Concerto no.17 in G Major, K.453 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto no.17 in G Major, K.453 (3rd mvt)
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The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)
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The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)
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Horn Concerto No 3 in E flat major, K 447 (2nd mvt)
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Horn Concerto No 3 in E flat major, K 447 (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 33 in B flat major, K319
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Symphony No 33 in B flat major, K319
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Horn Quintet in E flat major, K 407 (1st mvt)
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Horn Quintet in E flat major, K 407 (1st mvt)
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5 movements from "Les petits riens" ballet music (K.299b)
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5 movements from "Les petits riens" ballet music (K.299b)
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String Quartet in D minor, K 421 (3rd mvt)
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String Quartet in D minor, K 421 (3rd mvt)
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Gallimathias Musicum (K.32)
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Gallimathias Musicum (K.32)
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Piano Sonata in C major, K.309
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Piano Sonata in C major, K.309
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Le Nozze di Figaro - Act 1 - Cinque...Dieci...Venti
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Le Nozze di Figaro - Act 1 - Cinque...Dieci...Venti
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Lucio Silla, K.135 (Overture)
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Lucio Silla, K.135 (Overture)
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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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Symphony No 36 in C major, K 425, 'Linz' (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 36 in C major, K 425, 'Linz' (2nd mvt)
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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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Four Minuets, K601
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Four Minuets, K601
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Piano Trio in G major, K 564 (1st mvt)
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Piano Trio in G major, K 564 (1st mvt)
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Violin Sonata in C major, K303
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Violin Sonata in C major, K303
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Ave Verum Corpus, K618
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Ave Verum Corpus, K618
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Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K364
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Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K364
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Piano Sonata No 16 in C major, K 545 (1st mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 16 in C major, K 545 (1st mvt)
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Piano Concerto No23, K488
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Piano Concerto No23, K488
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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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String Quartet in B flat major, K 458, 'Hunt' (3rd mvt)
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String Quartet in B flat major, K 458, 'Hunt' (3rd mvt)
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Giunse alfin il momento (The Marriage of Figaro)
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Giunse alfin il momento (The Marriage of Figaro)
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Rondo in D major, K 485
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Rondo in D major, K 485
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Idomeneo (Overture)
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Idomeneo (Overture)
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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 40 in G minor, K 550
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Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550
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String Quintet in E flat major, K 614 (1st mvt)
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String Quintet in E flat major, K 614 (1st mvt)
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Les petits riens (Overture)
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Les petits riens (Overture)

Les petits riens (Overture)

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Norwegian National Opera Orchestra
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Allegro for Clarinet and String Quartet in B Flat Major
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Allegro for Clarinet and String Quartet in B Flat Major
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Symphony No 25 in G minor, K.183 (1st mvt)
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Symphony No 25 in G minor, K.183 (1st mvt)
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Symphony No 31 in D major, 'Paris', K297
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Symphony No 31 in D major, 'Paris', K297
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Veni, Sancte Spiritus, K47
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Veni, Sancte Spiritus, K47
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Adagio and Rondo in C minor, K. 617
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Adagio and Rondo in C minor, K. 617
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Piano Concerto No 23 in A major, K 488 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 23 in A major, K 488 (2nd mvt)
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Cosi fan tutte - Act 2
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Cosi fan tutte - Act 2

Cosi fan tutte - Act 2

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Julia Gruter
Isabell Czarneckl
Xiaoke Hu
Rastislav Lalinsky
Ilia Staple
Justus Seeger
Conductor
Donato Sivo
Markus Poschner
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Cosi fan tutte - Act 1
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Cosi fan tutte - Act 1

Cosi fan tutte - Act 1

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Julia Gruter
Isabell Czarneckl
Xiaoke Hu
Rastislav Lalinsky
Ilia Staple
Justus Seeger
Conductor
Donato Sivo
Markus Poschner
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Requiem - Introitus
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Requiem - Introitus
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Piano Sonata No.8 in A Minor, K. 310: I. Allegro maestoso
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Piano Sonata No.8 in A Minor, K. 310: I. Allegro maestoso
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String Quintet in G minor (K.516)
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String Quintet in G minor (K.516)
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Die Zauberflote - singspiel in 2 acts K.620 i Overture
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Die Zauberflote - singspiel in 2 acts K.620 i Overture
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Divertimento in F major, K 247 - 1st movement, Allegro
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Divertimento in F major, K 247 - 1st movement, Allegro
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Piano Sonata No.3 in B flat major, K.281 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Sonata No.3 in B flat major, K.281 (3rd mvt)
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