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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)

Composer

Possibly the most talented musician to have ever lived.

Born in Salzburg he was paraded through Europe as a child prodigy, not limited to a single instrument but as one that could do everything. He none the less worked hard in establishing himself as the foremost composer of the Classical period.

After his travels he took a position at the court of Archbishop of Salzburg but Mozart found him too demanding an employer. He then based himself in Vienna for the rest of his life, struggling to survive as a freelance composer at a time when court patronage was the norm.

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Further Reading: Mozart

 Interview, Raphaël Pichon on Libertà!

The French conductor talks to Katherine about recording three 'mosaics' of music which Mozart composed or encountered during the period leading up to his life-changing collaboration with Lorenzo Da Ponte, including extracts from his abandoned operas Lo sposo deluso and L'oca del Cairo, and music by Salieri, Paisiello and Soler.

 Interview, David Owen Norris on Mozart in the Nineteenth-Century Drawing-Room

The pianist talks to Katherine about his new recording of Hummel, Cramer and Clementi’s arrangements of Mozart symphonies and overtures for ‘Jupiter Ensemble’ (flute, violin, cello and piano), out now on Hyperion.

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