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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not only one of the greatest composers of the Classical period, but one of the greatest of alltime.Surprisingly, he is not identified with radical formal or harmonic innovations, or with the profound kind of symbolism heardin some of Bach'sworks. Mozart's best music has a natural flow and irresistible charm, and can express humor, joy or sorrowwith both conviction andmastery. His operas, especially his later efforts, are brilliant examples of high art, as are many of hispiano concertos and later symphonies.Even his lesser compositions and juvenile works feature much ...read more

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not only one of the greatest composers of the Classical period, but one of the greatest of alltime.Surprisingly, he is not identified with radical formal or harmonic innovations, or with the profound kind of symbolism heardin some of Bach'sworks. Mozart's best music has a natural flow and irresistible charm, and can express humor, joy or sorrowwith both conviction andmastery. His operas, especially his later efforts, are brilliant examples of high art, as are many of hispiano concertos and later symphonies.Even his lesser compositions and juvenile works feature much attractive and oftenmasterful music.

Mozart was the last of seven children, of whom five did not survive early childhood. By the age of three he was playing theclavichord, and atfour he began writing short compositions. Young Wolfgang gave his first public performance at the age offive at Salzburg University, and inJanuary, 1762, he performed on harpsichord for the Elector of Bavaria. There are manyastonishing accounts of the young Mozart'sprecocity and genius. At the age of seven, for instance, he picked up a violin at amusical gathering and sight-read the second part of a workwith complete accuracy, despite his never having had a violinlesson.

In the years 1763 - 1766, Mozart, along with his father Leopold, a composer and musician, and sister Nannerl, also amusically talentedchild, toured London, Paris, and other parts of Europe, giving many successful concerts and performingbefore royalty. The Mozart familyreturned to Salzburg in November 1766. The following year young Wolfgang composed hisfirst opera, Apollo et Hyacinthus. Keyboardconcertos and other major works were also coming from his pen now.

In 1769, Mozart was appointed Konzertmeister at the Salzburg Court by the Archbishop. Beginning that same year, theMozarts made threetours of Italy, where the young composer studied Italian opera and produced two successful efforts,Mitridate and Lucio Silla. In 1773,Mozart was back in Austria, where he spent most of the next few years composing. Hewrote all his violin concertos between 1774 and1777, as well as Masses, symphonies, and chamber works.

In 1780, Mozart wrote his opera Idomeneo, which became a sensation in Munich. After a conflict with the Archbishop, Mozartleft hisKonzertmeister post and settled in Vienna. He received a number of commissions now and took on a well-paying butunimportant Court post.In 1782 Mozart married Constanze Weber and took her to Salzburg the following year to introduce herto his family. 1782 was also the yearthat saw his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail staged with great success.

In 1784, Mozart joined the Freemasons, apparently embracing the teachings of that group. He would later write music forcertain Masoniclodges. In the early- and mid-1780s, Mozart composed many sonatas and quartets, and often appeared assoloist in the fifteen pianoconcertos he wrote during this period. Many of his commissions were for operas now, and Mozartmet them with a string of masterpieces. Lenozze di Figaro came 1786, Don Giovanni in 1787, Così fan tutte in 1790 and DieZauberflöte in 1791. Mozart made a number of trips in hislast years, and while his health had been fragile in previous times, hedisplayed no serious condition or illness until he developed a fever ofunknown origin near the end of 1791. « hide

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Requiem in D minor, K. 626
1791

4.5
162 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B♭ Major, K. 595
1791

3.8
12 Votes
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
1791

4.2
20 Votes
Die Zauberflote, 'The Magic Flute', K. 620
1791

3.9
22 Votes
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581
1789

4.1
7 Votes
"Jupiter" Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551
1788

4.4
39 Votes
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
1788

4.4
48 Votes
Piano Sonata No. 16
1788

4
1 Votes
Symphony No. 39 in E♭ major
1788

4.2
6 Votes
Don Giovanni K. 527
1788

4.4
4 Votes
"Eine kleine Nachtmusik" Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major, K. 525
1787

3.8
23 Votes
Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492
1786

5
1 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503
1786

4.5
2 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
1786

4.6
17 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491
1786

5
2 Votes
Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504
1786

4
1 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
1785

4.7
25 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
1785

4.2
17 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 18 in B♭ major, K. 456
1784

4.3
2 Votes
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332
1783

4
1 Votes
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331
1783

3.9
15 Votes
Symphony No. 37 in G major, K. 444
1783

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330
1783

4.2
3 Votes
Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425
1783

Piano Concerto No. 11
1782

4.6
5 Votes
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K. 384
1781

4.3
2 Votes
Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338
1780

4.5
2 Votes
Symphony No. 33 in B♭ Major, K. 319
1779

Symphony No. 32 in G major, K. 318
1779

Symphony Number 31 in D major, K. 297
1778

4.2
12 Votes
Concerto For Flute and Harp in C Major, K. 299
1778

4.1
5 Votes
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310/300d
1778

4.4
4 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 9 Jenamy (Jeunehomme) in E-flat
1777

4.3
3 Votes
Symphony No. 35 in D Major
1776

4.3
12 Votes
Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201
1774

3.6
13 Votes
Symphony No. 28 in C major, K. 200/189k
1774

3
1 Votes
Symphony No. 30 in D major, K. 202/186b
1774

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183/173dB
1773

4.4
39 Votes
Symphony No. 21 in A major, K. 134
1772

3.3
3 Votes
String Quartet no. 2 in D major, K. 155
1772

4
11 Votes
Compilations
Violin Concerto No. 1-3-5
2009

4
2 Votes
The Best of Mozart
1989


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