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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 isnotidentified with radical formal or harmonic innovations, or with the profound kind of symbolism heardin some of Bach'sworks. Mozart's best music hasanatural flow and irresistible charm, and can express humor, joy or sorrowwith both conviction andmastery. His operas, especially his later efforts,arebrilliant examples of high art, as are many of hispiano concertos and later symphonies.Even his lesser compositions and juvenile works featuremuchatt ...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 isnotidentified with radical formal or harmonic innovations, or with the profound kind of symbolism heardin some of Bach'sworks. Mozart's best music hasanatural flow and irresistible charm, and can express humor, joy or sorrowwith both conviction andmastery. His operas, especially his later efforts,arebrilliant examples of high art, as are many of hispiano concertos and later symphonies.Even his lesser compositions and juvenile works featuremuchattractive 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 hebeganwriting short compositions. Young Wolfgang gave his first public performance at the age offive at Salzburg University, and inJanuary, 1762, heperformedon harpsichord for the Elector of Bavaria. There are manyastonishing accounts of the young Mozart'sprecocity and genius. At the age of seven,forinstance, he picked up a violin at amusical gathering and sight-read the second part of a workwith complete accuracy, despite his never having hadaviolinlesson.

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

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

In 1780, Mozart wrote his opera Idomeneo, which became a sensation in Munich. After a conflict with the Archbishop, Mozartleft hisKonzertmeisterpostand settled in Vienna. He received a number of commissions now and took on a well-paying butunimportant Court post.In 1782 MozartmarriedConstanze Weber and took her to Salzburg the following year to introduce herto his family. 1782 was also the yearthat saw his opera DieEntführung ausdem 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. Intheearly- and mid-1780s, Mozart composed many sonatas and quartets, and often appeared assoloist in the fifteen pianoconcertos he wrote duringthisperiod. Many of his commissions were for operas now, and Mozartmet them with a string of masterpieces. Lenozze di Figaro came 1786, DonGiovanni in1787, Così fan tutte in 1790 and DieZauberflöte in 1791. Mozart made a number of trips in hislast years, and while his health had been fragilein previoustimes, hedisplayed no serious condition or illness until he developed a fever ofunknown origin near the end of 1791. « hide

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LPs
Requiem in D minor, K. 626
1791

4.5
205 Votes
Die Zauberflote, 'The Magic Flute', K. 620
1791

3.7
28 Votes
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
1791

4.2
26 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B♭ Major, K. 595
1791

3.8
15 Votes
Così fan tutte
1790

4.5
2 Votes
Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581
1789

4.2
9 Votes
"Jupiter" Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551
1788

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

4.4
63 Votes
Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545
1788

3.6
6 Votes
Symphony No. 39 in E♭ major, K. 543
1788

4
11 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K. 537
1788

3.9
5 Votes
Don Giovanni K. 527
1788

4.6
14 Votes
"Eine kleine Nachtmusik" Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major, K. 525
1787

3.8
27 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503
1786

4.5
4 Votes
"Prague" Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504
1786

4
6 Votes
Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492
1786

4.7
8 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
1786

4.5
8 Votes
Mozart: Horn Concertos
1786

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

4.5
19 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
1785

4.6
29 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
1785

4.3
24 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 18 in B♭ major, K. 456
1784

4
5 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, KV. 453
1784

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

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

3.9
16 Votes
Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425
1783

4
2 Votes
Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K. 330
1783

4.3
3 Votes
Symphony No. 37 in G major, K. 444
1783

3.5
1 Votes
Great Mass in C minor, K. 427
1783

3.8
2 Votes
"Haffner" Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385
1782

4.3
17 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414
1782

4
1 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 11 in F major, K. 413
1782

4.5
6 Votes
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K. 384
1781

4.5
3 Votes
Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338
1780

4.4
7 Votes
Symphony No. 33 in B♭ Major, K. 319
1779

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

4.3
2 Votes
"Paris" Symphony No. 31 in D major, K. 297/300a
1778

4.1
14 Votes
Concerto For Flute and Harp in C Major, K. 299
1778

4
4 Votes
Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310/300d
1778

4.3
7 Votes
Piano Concerto No. 9 Jenamy (Jeunehomme) in E-flat
1777

4.1
4 Votes
Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201
1774

3.6
13 Votes
Symphony No. 30 in D major, K. 202/186b
1774

4
1 Votes
Symphony No. 28 in C major, K. 200/189k
1774

4
2 Votes
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183/173dB
1773

4.4
42 Votes
String Quartet no. 2 in D major, K. 155
1772

3.9
11 Votes
Symphony No. 21 in A major, K. 134
1772

3.6
5 Votes
Compilations
Violin Concerto No. 1-3-5
2009

3.9
4 Votes
Very Best of Mozart
2005

3.5
1 Votes
The Best of Mozart
1989

3.5
1 Votes

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