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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Composer)

Born: 27th January 1756, Salzburg

Died: 5th December 1791, Vienna

Nationality: Austrian

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical period.

Born in Salzburg, in the Holy Roman Empire, 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.

Further Reading: Mozart

 Recording of the Week, A Mozart postscript from Rachel Podger

Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn bring to life a selection of musicologist Timothy Jones’s thoughtful completions of fragmentary Mozart works, offering a variety of plausible perspectives on what might have been.

 Interview, Hélène Grimaud on The Messenger

The French pianist talks to Katherine about her recording of works by Mozart and Valentin Silvestrov with Camerata Salzburg, released at the end of last year on Deutsche Grammophon.

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