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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Le nozze di Figaro (Overture)
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Le nozze di Figaro (Overture)

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Ein musikalischer Spaß, K. 522: IV. Presto
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Ein musikalischer Spaß, K. 522: IV. Presto
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Quartet in B flat major K.458 (Hunt)
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Quartet in B flat major K.458 (Hunt)
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Concerto in F major for three pianos, K 242 (1st mvt)
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Concerto in F major for three pianos, K 242 (1st mvt)
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Piano Sonata in D major, K311
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Piano Sonata in D major, K311
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Flute Quartet No 4 in A major K298
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Flute Quartet No 4 in A major K298
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Ave verum corpus, K618
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Ave verum corpus, K618

Ave verum corpus, K618

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Coro Maghini
Director
Claudio Chiavazza
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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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Quintet in E flat major, K 407 for horn and strings
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Quintet in E flat major, K 407 for horn and strings
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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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Ballet music from Idomeneo
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Ballet music from Idomeneo
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Concerto No 27 in B flat
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Concerto No 27 in B flat
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Ave verum corpus, K. 618
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Ave verum corpus, K. 618
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Rondo in D, K.485
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Rondo in D, K.485
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Soave sia il vento
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Soave sia il vento
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Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550 (1st mvt)
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Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550 (1st mvt)
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Clarinet Quintet, K. 581 - 1st movement
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Clarinet Quintet, K. 581 - 1st movement
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Soave sia il vento from Cosi fan Tutte
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Soave sia il vento from Cosi fan Tutte
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Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550 (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550 (4th mvt)
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Violin Sonata in C major K.303
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Violin Sonata in C major K.303
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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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Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra in E flat major, K.364
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Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra in E flat major, K.364
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Vesperae solennes de confessore K.339, i. Laudate Dominum
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Vesperae solennes de confessore K.339, i. Laudate Dominum
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Serenade in D Major, K. 250 "Haffner": I. Serenata
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Serenade in D Major, K. 250 "Haffner": I. Serenata
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Serenade in B flat major, K.361, 'Gran Partita' (3rd mvt)
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Serenade in B flat major, K.361, 'Gran Partita' (3rd mvt)
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Overture (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K384)
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Overture (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K384)
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Divertimento in D major, K136
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Divertimento in D major, K136
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Fantasie in D minor K 397
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Fantasie in D minor K 397
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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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Rondo all turca arr for brass
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Rondo all turca arr for brass
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Piano Sonata in C major, K.545 (1st mvt)
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Piano Sonata in C major, K.545 (1st mvt)
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Sonata for piano 4 hands in D major (K.381)
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Sonata for piano 4 hands in D major (K.381)

Sonata for piano 4 hands in D major (K.381)

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Vilma Rindzeviciute
Irina Venckus
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Andante in F (K616)
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Andante in F (K616)
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Vado, ma Dove?
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Vado, ma Dove?
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Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio, K418
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Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio, K418
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Piano Concerto no.26 in D major, K.537 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto no.26 in D major, K.537 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 14 in E flat (K449)
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Piano Concerto No 14 in E flat (K449)
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String Quintet in C major, K 515
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String Quintet in C major, K 515
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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 D Minor K421 – Minuet and Trio only
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String Quartet in D Minor K421 – Minuet and Trio only
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String Quartet No 14 in G major, K 387, 'Spring' (4th mvt)
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String Quartet No 14 in G major, K 387, 'Spring' (4th mvt)
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La clemenza di Tito (Overture)
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La clemenza di Tito (Overture)
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Nonet, based on Piano Quintet in E flat, K.452
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Nonet, based on Piano Quintet in E flat, K.452
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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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