W.A. Mozart

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    In Recital: Lang Lang & Christoph Eschenbach 1/6 (Mozart Excerpt). Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major.

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    In Recital: Lang Lang & Christoph Eschenbach 2/6 (Mozart Excerpt). Sonata for Piano 4 hands in F major.

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    IT'S NSO INSPIRING! Mozart's Requiem (Mar. 7-9)

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    Opera in the Outfield 2012

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    Understanding the Music: Mozart - Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat major, K. 452

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    Understanding the Music: Mozart - Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for Violin and Viola, K. 364

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    Understanding the Music: Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218



Biography

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (b. 1756 – d. 1791), a musical prodigy from the age of six, Mozart is considered by many to be the greatest musician of all time. His legions of works include famous pieces for symphonies and operas, choral and piano; nearly every one is considered a masterpiece of the classical music form.

International acclaim is nothing new for Mozart. Believing him a gift of God, his father exhibited Mozart's manifest talents to the world. Acclaimed in his own era, Mozart was well regarded as a man of unique musical abilities and talents by his contemporaries. His works were prodigious; beginning at age 10, Mozart composed fifty symphonies during his life. In his youth, he was knighted by the Pope and performed for the King and Queen of England.

He was gifted with "perfect pitch", Mozart's inborn abilities as a natural musician became increasingly evident the older he grew. Other seemingly supernatural gifts were equally as stunning. It was not uncommon for young Mozart to pick up an instrument and play it without a single lesson. At twenty-five, Mozart married and settled in his homeland of Austria. Although Emperor Joseph of Austria briefly employed him, Mozart struggled to clothe and feed his family. Ironically enough, the Emperor clothed Mozart in fine apparel and bestowed upon him the gift of a large ring to be worn during performances. Mozart wrote for every genre of music known to him, including symphonies, concertos, chamber music, church music, operas, and operettas - most of which are regarded as masterpieces today. Among his most acclaimed works are the operas Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, and Figaro. Although Mozart died at the age of thirty-five, his legacy on western music is profound: not just in terms of sheer numbers, but in their emotional impact, his works include the frivolous and lively to the solemn and morose.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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