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 period.

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 greatest and 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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Quartet in C major K 465 'Dissonance' (2nd mvt)
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Quartet in C major K 465 'Dissonance' (2nd mvt)

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Piano Concerto no.18 in B flat major, K.456 (2nd mvt: Andante un poco sostenuto)
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Piano Concerto no.18 in B flat major, K.456 (2nd mvt: Andante un poco sostenuto)
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Piano Concerto No 25 in C major, K 503 (1st mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 25 in C major, K 503 (1st mvt)
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String Quintet in C major, K.515 (4th mvt)
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String Quintet in C major, K.515 (4th mvt)
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12 Variations for piano in B flat major K.500
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12 Variations for piano in B flat major K.500
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String Quartet in B flat major, K 589
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String Quartet in B flat major, K 589
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Serenade in C minor, K388 - Andante & Minuet
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Serenade in C minor, K388 - Andante & Minuet
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Concerto in C major for flute and harp, K 299 (3rd mvt)
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Concerto in C major for flute and harp, K 299 (3rd mvt)
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Horn Concerto no.2 in E flat major K.417
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Horn Concerto no.2 in E flat major K.417
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Horn Concerto No 4 in E flat, K 495 (3rd mvt)
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Horn Concerto No 4 in E flat, K 495 (3rd mvt)
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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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Thamos, König in Ägypten, K.345: Overture
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Thamos, König in Ägypten, K.345: Overture

Thamos, König in Ägypten, K.345: Overture

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Orchestra of Classical Opera Company
Conductor
Ian Page
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String Quartet no 15 in D minor, K.421
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String Quartet no 15 in D minor, K.421
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Rondo in C for Violin and Orchestra K373
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Rondo in C for Violin and Orchestra K373
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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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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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Piano Sonata no.11 in A major, K.331 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Sonata no.11 in A major, K.331 (3rd mvt)
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Basta vincesti ... Ah, non lasciarmi K.486a
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Basta vincesti ... Ah, non lasciarmi K.486a
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Fantasia in D minor K397
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Fantasia in D minor K397
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Misera dove son - Ah! Non son'io che parlo, K.369
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Misera dove son - Ah! Non son'io che parlo, K.369
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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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Cosi fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti - opera buffa in 2 acts K.588
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Cosi fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti - opera buffa in 2 acts K.588
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Symphony No. 29 in A major, K.201
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Symphony No. 29 in A major, K.201
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Symphony No. 41 in C 'Jupiter' - IV - Molto Allegro
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Symphony No. 41 in C 'Jupiter' - IV - Molto Allegro
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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
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Overture from The Magic Flute
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Overture from The Magic Flute
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Das Veilchen, K 476
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Das Veilchen, K 476
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Serenade for winds in B flat major K.361, 6th movement; Thema mit Variationen
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Serenade for winds in B flat major K.361, 6th movement; Thema mit Variationen
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Piano Sonata in C major K.545
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Piano Sonata in C major K.545
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Exsultate, Jubilate K.165
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Exsultate, Jubilate K.165
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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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Serenade in D major K.239 'Serenata Notturna'
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Serenade in D major K.239 'Serenata Notturna'
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Concerto No.7 for 3 pianos and orchestra in F major (K.242)
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Concerto No.7 for 3 pianos and orchestra in F major (K.242)
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Piano Sonata No 17 in B flat major, K 570 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 17 in B flat major, K 570 (3rd mvt)
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'Per pieta, ben mio, perdona ...' Fiordiligi from Act 2 of Cosi fan Tutte
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'Per pieta, ben mio, perdona ...' Fiordiligi from Act 2 of Cosi fan Tutte
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Piano Sonata No 18 in D major, K 576
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Piano Sonata No 18 in D major, K 576
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Violin Concerto no.3 in G major, K.216 (3rd mvt)
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Violin Concerto no.3 in G major, K.216 (3rd mvt)
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Serenade in G major, K 525, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' (1st mvt)
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Serenade in G major, K 525, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' (1st mvt)
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Apollo et Hyacinthus, K. 38: No 19.Tandem post turbida fulmina
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Apollo et Hyacinthus, K. 38: No 19.Tandem post turbida fulmina
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La finta giardiniera, K196 - Va' pure ad altri in braccio" (Ramiro); Act 3
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La finta giardiniera, K196 - Va' pure ad altri in braccio" (Ramiro); Act 3
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Symphony No 25 (1st movement)
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Symphony No 25 (1st movement)
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Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (first movement)
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Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (first movement)
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Sonata in F major for piano duet, K 497 (3rd mvt)
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Sonata in F major for piano duet, K 497 (3rd mvt)
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Sonata in D major for two pianos, K.448 (2nd mvt)
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Sonata in D major for two pianos, K.448 (2nd mvt)
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Sonata for piano duet in B flat major, K358
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Sonata for piano duet in B flat major, K358
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Symphony No 31 in D K297/300a 'Paris'
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Symphony No 31 in D K297/300a 'Paris'
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Violin Sonata in F major, K 376 (2nd mvt)
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Violin Sonata in F major, K 376 (2nd mvt)
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Serenade in B flat, K.361 'Gran Partita' (3rd mvt)
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Serenade in B flat, K.361 'Gran Partita' (3rd mvt)
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