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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

 Recording of the Week, Mozart's La clemenza di Tito from Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Marina Rebeka and Joyce DiDonato strike sparks off one another as Vitellia and Sesto in a terrific new recording of Mozart's final opera, with Rolando Villazón as the idealistic emperor against whom they conspire.

 Interview, Ian Page on Mozart in London

The conductor talks to Katherine about his new recording exploring the music which the young composer is likely to have encountered on his visit to the city in the mid-1760s.

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