Thursday, January 27, 2011


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791)

baptismal name
Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart

The favorite son of Salzburg (then a part of the Holy Roman Empire) was a musical prodigy who began composing at the age of five. His father (who was a teacher, composer, violinist, and assistant concertmaster) took him and his sister Maria all over Europe to royal courts and major cities to perform together on piano and violin. After years of travel trying to find financial success, he eventually secured a job as court musician for the ruler of Salzburg. After Archbishop von Schrattenbach died and was replaced by the less generous Hieronymus von Colloredo, Mozart became increasingly dissatisfied with this position. He resigned and travelled with his mother (Colloredo refused to give his father leave) to other cities in an unsuccessful search for work. After his mother took ill and died in Paris, he reluctantly accepted another position in Salzburg as court organist and Konzertmeister. Archbishop Colloredo summoned him to Vienna where his employer's treatment of Mozart led him to resign again. The request was refused at first and then granted with a literal kick in the ass. Mozart settled in Vienna as a freelance composer and performer in 1781, a radical step that gave him unprecedented freedom.



Zaide aria, Ruhe Sanft, from  an unfinished "rescue opera" composed in 1780.

The 1984 film 'Amadeus' tells the story of Mozart and rival composer Antonio Salieri in Vienna. It won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

full soundtrack

01. W.A. Mozart - Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183; 1st movement 00:00:00 
02. W.A. Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade), K. 525; 1st movement 00:07:51
03. Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - Stabat Mater, Quando Corpus Morietur and Amen 00:13:32
04. Simon Preston and W.A. Mozart - Salieri's March turned into Non piu andrai (from Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492) 00:17:51
05. W.A. Mozart - Serenade for Winds; K. 361; 3rd movement" - 00:19:43
06. W.A. Mozart - The Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384, Chorus of the Janissaries (arr.) / Ich mochte wohl (Ein Deutsches Kriegslied), K. 539 (arr.) - 00:25:52
07. W.A. Mozart - The Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384, Turkish Finale" - 00:30:17
08. W.A. Mozart - Mass in C minor; K. 427, Kyrie - 00:31:45
09. W.A. Mozart - Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 299; 2nd movement 00:38:15
10. W.A. Mozart - Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201; 1st movement, allegro moderato - 00:46:48
11. W.A. Mozart - Adagio in C minor for Glass Armonica, K. 617 - 00:52:31
12. W.A. Mozart - Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365; 3rd Movement - 00:58:34

13. W.A. Mozart - Symphonie Concertante, K. 364; 1st movement - 01:05:48

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