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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Symphony No 23 in D major, K181
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Symphony No 23 in D major, K181

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Trio for piano, clarinet and viola in E flat major, K498, 'Kegelstatt'
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Trio for piano, clarinet and viola in E flat major, K498, 'Kegelstatt'
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Don Giovanni K 527 (Overture)
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Don Giovanni K 527 (Overture)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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The Magic Flute (Overture)
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Rondo in A Minor, K.511
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Rondo in A Minor, K.511
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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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Concerto in C major for flute and harp, K.299 (2nd mvt)
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Concerto in C major for flute and harp, K.299 (2nd mvt)
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Horn Concerto no 1 in D major, K412
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Horn Concerto no 1 in D major, K412

Horn Concerto no 1 in D major, K412

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Premysl Vojta
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Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Lukasz Borowicz
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Symphony No 41 in C major, K 551, 'Jupiter' (3rd mvt)
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Symphony No 41 in C major, K 551, 'Jupiter' (3rd mvt)
Franz Schubert
L'amero Saro ostante (Il Re Pastore)
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L'amero Saro ostante (Il Re Pastore)
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Die Zauberflote
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Die Zauberflote
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Fantasia in D minor K.397 for piano
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Fantasia in D minor K.397 for piano
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Serenade in G major K.525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)
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Serenade in G major K.525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)
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Piano Concerto No.21 in C major (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No.21 in C major (2nd mvt)
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Flute Quartet No. 2 in G K.285a
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Flute Quartet No. 2 in G K.285a
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Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Minor, K. 304: I. Allegro
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Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Minor, K. 304: I. Allegro
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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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Trio for piano and strings in C major (K.548)
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Trio for piano and strings in C major (K.548)
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The Abduction from the Seraglio (Overture)
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The Abduction from the Seraglio (Overture)
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Flute Quartet in D major, K 285 (3rd mvt)
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Flute Quartet in D major, K 285 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Trio in B flat major, K502
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Piano Trio in B flat major, K502
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Piano Sonata in A major, K.331: III. Rondo alla Turca
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Piano Sonata in A major, K.331: III. Rondo alla Turca
Johann Sebastian Bach
Fugue in D minor, BWV 877
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Fugue in D minor, BWV 877
Johann Sebastian Bach
Fugue in E flat major, BWV 876
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Fugue in E flat major, BWV 876
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Don Giovanni (Overture)
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Don Giovanni (Overture)
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Fantasy in D minor (KV.397) [1782]
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Fantasy in D minor (KV.397) [1782]
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Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major, K. 364: 2. Andante
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Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major, K. 364: 2. Andante
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Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K 364 (3rd mvt)
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Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K 364 (3rd mvt)
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Così fan tutte (Overture)
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Così fan tutte (Overture)
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Symphony No 35 in D major, K385. 'Haffner'
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Symphony No 35 in D major, K385. 'Haffner'
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Symphony No.4 in D Major, K. 19
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Symphony No.4 in D Major, K. 19
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The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)
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The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)
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10 Variations on 'Unser dummer Pobel meint', K455
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10 Variations on 'Unser dummer Pobel meint', K455
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Mentre ti lascio, o figlia - aria for bass and orchestra (K.513)
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Mentre ti lascio, o figlia - aria for bass and orchestra (K.513)
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String Quartet No.15 in D Minor, K.421: I. Allegro moderato
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String Quartet No.15 in D Minor, K.421: I. Allegro moderato
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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 Magic Flute (Overture)
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The Magic Flute (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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Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622
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Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622
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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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Concerto No. 24 In C Minor K.491 For Piano And Orchestra
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Concerto No. 24 In C Minor K.491 For Piano And Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ich bin die erste Sangerin (Der Schauspieldirektor)
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Ich bin die erste Sangerin (Der Schauspieldirektor)
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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)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet in C major, K465 'Dissonance'
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String Quartet in C major, K465 'Dissonance'
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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)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Apollo et Hyacinthus, K.38: duet - Natus cadit, atque Deus
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Apollo et Hyacinthus, K.38: duet - Natus cadit, atque Deus
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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
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony in G Major, K. Anh. 221/45a: I. Allegro maestoso
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Symphony in G Major, K. Anh. 221/45a: I. Allegro maestoso
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Violin Concerto no.5 in A major, K.219 (3rd mvt)
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Violin Concerto no.5 in A major, K.219 (3rd mvt)
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