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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) is one of two composers who define the classical music tradition. The works of Mozart and Franz Joseph Haydn together embodied the classical music style, characterized by elegant and flowing phrases, a sense of moderation and efficiency, motivic and tonal control, clarity and order, and an overall refined and smoothed sound.

Chamber music in the 18th century referred to any music played in a public or private venue, rather than in a church or theatre. Most of Mozart’s purely instrumental works are for few players, placing a great number of his instrumental compositions in the realm of chamber music. Mozart composed chamber music for a wide variety of reasons including: attracting or flattering a patron, extending his reputation (through playing at private concerts), and making money through commissions. He also composed to support friends, repay debts, and provide virtuosic players with new compositions.

Mozart’s compositions remain popular because he was able to maintain an orderly structure while expressing creativity in his music at the same time. His style was accepted and later glorified by his audience for its easy-to-follow, seemingly simple, clear writing; in his compositions, one musical thought flows directly to the next. Music in the 18th century was written to appeal to the public, and Mozart’s did exactly that. His outrageous (though sometimes obnoxious) personality, combined with his need for perfection and the genius to achieve it, allowed him to compose over 600 works in 30 years.

Mozart composed prolifically, writing roughly 108 Chamber works as well as composing 50 symphonies, 23 operas, 18 Masses (including the Requiem), 29 piano concertos, 21 instrumental concertos, two concertante symphonies, 12 duo piano works, 10 other sacred works, 17 church sonatas, eight organ works, 196 dances, and numerous concert arias, songs, and canons. In 1862, the Austrian music historian Ludwig Köchel published a standard thematic catalogue of Mozart’s works to establish a chronological order of his compositions and to provide a useful shorthand when referring to his works. When referencing a work, the Köchel number, preceded by the letter K, is nearly always used. To learn more, please read the following biography, which focuses on Mozart’s chamber works and his influence and contributions to the art form.

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Audio_on Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K. 388, Op. 30
Audio_on Quintet in G minor, K. 516 for two violins, two violas and cello (2001)
Audio_on Quartet in D, K. 285
Audio_on Serenade No. 11, K. 375 (2003)
Audio_on Quartet in G minor, K. 478
Audio_on Quartet in F for oboe, violin & cello, K. 370
Audio_on Divertimento No. 11 in D, K. 251
Audio_on String Quintet in D Major, K. 593 (2005)
Audio_on Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in G Major, K. 496
Audio_on Serenade for Two Oboes, Two Clarinets, Two Horns and Two Bassoons in E-Flat Major, K. 375 (2006)
Audio_on Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-Flat Major, K.V. 452 (2007)
Audio_on Horn Quintet in E-Flat Major, K.V. 407 (2007)
Audio_on Wind Serenade No. 10 in B-Flat Major
Audio_on String Quintet in C Major, K. 515
Audio_on Quintet for clarinet and strings, K. 581 (2001)
Audio_on Trio in E-flat for clarinet, viola and piano, K. 498
Audio_on Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563
Audio_on Serenade in B-flat major, K.V. 361, Gran Partita (2000)
Audio_on Suite from Don Giovanni, K. 527
Audio_on Quintet in E-flat for horn and strings, K. 407
Audio_on Quintet for piano and winds in E-flat, K. 452 (1998)
String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421
Audio_on Wind Serenade in E-Flat, K. 375 (1996)
Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465, Dissonance
Audio_on Divertimento in D Major, K. 251
Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575
Audio_on Serenade for Winds in C minor K. 388
Audio_on Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493
Audio_on Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F major, K. 370
Audio_on Divertimento for two horns and strings in D Major, K.V. 334
Audio_on Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major, K. 285
Audio_on Quintet in G minor, K. 516 for two violins, two violas and cello (1992)
Audio_on Serenade in B-flat major, K.V. 361, Gran Partita (1991)
Audio_on Quintet for Clarinet, two Violins, Viola and Cello in A Major K.V. 581 (1991)
Audio_on Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Serenade for Strings in G Major, K. 525 (1991)
Audio_on Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major K. 375 (1990)
Audio_on Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K.V. 452 (1990)
Audio_on Horn Quintet in E-flat Major, K.V. 407 (1990)
Audio_on Divertimento for winds and strings in B-flat Major, K. 287
Audio_on Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Viola in E-flat Major K.V. 498 Kegelstatt
Audio_on String Quintet in D Major, K. 593 (2010)
Audio_on Quartet in A Major, K. 464
Audio_on Serenade No. 11 in E-Flat Major, K. 375 (2011)