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 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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Violin Sonata in B flat major, K.454
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Violin Sonata in B flat major, K.454

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Piano Concerto No 9 in E Flat Major K271
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Piano Concerto No 9 in E Flat Major K271
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Le nozze di Figaro (Overture)
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Le nozze di Figaro (Overture)
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Divertimento in B flat K.287 (2nd mvt)
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Divertimento in B flat K.287 (2nd mvt)
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Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581
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Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581
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Piano Concerto No 4 in C minor, K 491
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Piano Concerto No 4 in C minor, K 491
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Symphony No 1 in E flat major, K 16 (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 1 in E flat major, K 16 (2nd mvt)
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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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'Misera, dove son!' (scena) and 'Ah! non son'io che parlo' (aria). K369
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'Misera, dove son!' (scena) and 'Ah! non son'io che parlo' (aria). K369
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Concerto fragment for horn and orchestra in E flat (K.370b and K.371)
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Concerto fragment for horn and orchestra in E flat (K.370b and K.371)
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Larghetto and Allegro in E flat, KV deest
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Larghetto and Allegro in E flat, KV deest
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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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Divertimento in E flat major (K 166)
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Divertimento in E flat major (K 166)

Divertimento in E flat major (K 166)

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Concerto for piano and orchestra No.20 (K.466) in D minor (2nd mvt)
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Concerto for piano and orchestra No.20 (K.466) in D minor (2nd mvt)
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Symphony in F Major, K Anh 223/19a (1st mvt)
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Symphony in F Major, K Anh 223/19a (1st mvt)
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Concerto no. 12 in A major K.414 for piano and orchestra
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Concerto no. 12 in A major K.414 for piano and orchestra
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Rondo in A minor, K 511
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Rondo in A minor, K 511
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Four Minuets, K601
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Four Minuets, K601
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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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Serenade in G major, K525, 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'
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Serenade in G major, K525, 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'
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Piano Concerto No.21 in C major,K467, 'Elvira Madigan'
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Piano Concerto No.21 in C major,K467, 'Elvira Madigan'
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Flute Concerto No 1 in G major, K313
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Flute Concerto No 1 in G major, K313
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Overture to 'The Magic Flute', K620
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Overture to 'The Magic Flute', K620
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Piano Sonata in F Major: Adagio
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Piano Sonata in F Major: Adagio
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Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452: I. Largo - Allegro moderato
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Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452: I. Largo - Allegro moderato
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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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Overture from Die Zauberflote (K.620)
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Overture from Die Zauberflote (K.620)
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12 Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman', K265
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12 Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman', K265
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Piano Concerto No. 27 (K595)
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Piano Concerto No. 27 (K595)
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Fantasia in C minor K475
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Fantasia in C minor K475
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Non so più cosa (The Marriage of Figaro)
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Non so più cosa (The Marriage of Figaro)
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Rondo in D (K.485) [1786]
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Rondo in D (K.485) [1786]
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Fantasia in D minor, K 397
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Fantasia in D minor, K 397
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Symphony No 29 in A major, K 201 (1st mvt)
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Symphony No 29 in A major, K 201 (1st mvt)
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Der Schauspieldirektor, K486: Overture
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Der Schauspieldirektor, K486: Overture
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Così fan tutte (Overture)
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Così fan tutte (Overture)
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Quartet for oboe and strings in F major, K370
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Quartet for oboe and strings in F major, K370
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The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)
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The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)
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Sonata in B flat major for piano duet, K 358 (1st mvt)
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Sonata in B flat major for piano duet, K 358 (1st mvt)
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Symphony No 41 in C major, K 551 (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 41 in C major, K 551 (4th mvt)
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Adagio and rondo for glass harmonica/accordion, flute, oboe, vla & vcl, K617
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Adagio and rondo for glass harmonica/accordion, flute, oboe, vla & vcl, K617
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Symphony in E Flat Major, K.16: 1st movt: Molto allegro
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Symphony in E Flat Major, K.16: 1st movt: Molto allegro
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Divertimento in E flat, K. 563
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Divertimento in E flat, K. 563
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Sérénade No. 10 "Gran Partita" K.361 III. Adagio
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Sérénade No. 10 "Gran Partita" K.361 III. Adagio
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Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620, Act II Der Holle Rache.. (Queen Of The Night)
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Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620, Act II Der Holle Rache.. (Queen Of The Night)
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String Quartet in B flat K589 - 1st mvt: Allegro
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String Quartet in B flat K589 - 1st mvt: Allegro
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Serenade in G major, K 525, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' (4th mvt)
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Serenade in G major, K 525, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' (4th mvt)
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Adagio in E major, K.261
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Adagio in E major, K.261
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Piano Sonata in F major K 322
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Piano Sonata in F major K 322
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