Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, Austria, was a prodigiously talented musician known for his captivating compositions and performances. From a young age, Mozart demonstrated extraordinary abilities on multiple instruments, including the piano, organ, violin, viola, and harpsichord.
During the dynamic mid-18th century European music scene, Mozart sought recognition and patronage in various cities, showcasing his extensive repertoire of sonatas, symphonies, masses, chamber music, concertos, and operas. His compositions were characterized by rich emotional depth and intricate textures, showcasing his exceptional musicality.
Guided by his father, Leopold Mozart, a successful composer and violinist, Mozart received early music education that nurtured his innate talent. By the age of five, he had already composed his first piece, demonstrating an extraordinary understanding of music theory. Embarking on European tours at six years old, Mozart astounded audiences in Munich, Paris, London, The Hague, and Zurich, broadening his exposure to diverse musical styles.
As Mozart matured, he continued to compose and perform prolifically, gaining recognition as a remarkable pianist and composer. Seeking better prospects, he traveled to Mannheim, Paris, and Munich, ultimately settling in Vienna in 1781. This period marked a significant musical development in Mozart's career.
In Vienna, between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-five, Mozart's compositions transcended the norms of his time. His major instrumental works included the famous last three symphonies, namely Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, and Symphony No. 41 in C Major (Jupiter Symphony). Remarkably, he completed these masterpieces within a mere six weeks during the summer of 1788.
In addition, Mozart composed celebrated operas like The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni in collaboration with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, solidifying his reputation as a master composer.
Despite financial challenges and declining health, Mozart produced timeless masterpieces such as The Magic Flute and the unfinished Requiem. On December 5, 1791, Mozart passed away in Vienna at the age of 35, leaving behind a profound musical legacy.
Today, Mozart's compositions continue to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide, establishing him as one of the greatest composers in the history of classical music. His unparalleled talent and enduring influence make him an indispensable figure in the realm of music.
A vibrant program featured alongside Andriessen and Beethoven's contrasting celebrations of human fortitude is Mozart's double Piano Concerto.
Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform works from two of the most significant figures of the classical period.
A pleasing pairing of Mozart works with from OSM. Payare joins Richard-Hamelin for the Piano Concerto No.24 whilst Labadies leads the spirited 'Haffner' symphony.
Experience the exceptional musicality of Staatskapelle Berlin under Julien Salemkour's baton in a joyous celebration of Mozart's 40th Symphony.
1779 piece features violin and viola as equal partners, with divided viola parts adding to orchestral harmony. A musical, joyful finale surprises.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads his choir in this tribute to world-class achievement through Mozart and Dvorak’s 7th Symphony.
A momentous occasion for Mozart’s music as his beloved Don Giovanni is performed in the historic Estates Theatre
Enjoy the celebrations of human fortitude with Mozart’s double Piano Concerto – performed by brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen.
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