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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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(b Salzburg, 27 Jan. 1756; d Vienna, 5 Dec. 1791) Austrian composer. He wrote the music for Noverre's Les Petits Riens (Paris, 1778) and wrote many dances and sets of dances. His ...

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Irena Cholij

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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..., Wolfgang Amadeus ( 1756–91 ), Austrian composer . Mozart did not set any Shakespeare himself. However, the music from his opera Così fan tutte was reworked by Delibes and Prosper Pascal into a version of Love’s Labour’s Lost entitled Peines d’amour perdues! , which was first performed in Paris in 1863 . He was contemplating an opera based on The Tempest at the end of his life. Irena...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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2010
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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...Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus ( b Salzburg , 27 Jan. 1756 ; d Vienna , 5 Dec. 1791 ) Austrian composer . He wrote the music for Noverre 's Les Petits Riens (Paris, 1778 ) and wrote many dances and sets of dances. His concert music has also been used by many choreographers, including Balanchine ( Symphonie Concertante , 1945 ; Divertimento No. 15 , 1956 ), Arpino ( Secret Places , 1968 ), van Manen ( Quintet to Adante , 1991 ), Kylián ( Six Dances , 1986 ; Petite Mort , 1991 ), and Morris ( Mozart Dances , 2006...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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Literature
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156 words

..., Wolfgang Amadeus ( 1756–91 ) Austrian composer and pianist . He visited London with his parents and sister when he was 8: he was received by George III , and systematically ‘tested’ by Daines Barrington , whose ‘Account of a Very Remarkable Young Musician’ appeared in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society , 1771 . Mozart's first two symphonies were written in Ebury Row, and before he left London in July 1765 he presented to the British Museum his first vocal work, the unaccompanied motet ‘God is our refuge’. Mozart never...

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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..., Wolfgang Amadeus [Mus.] ( 1756–91 ) An Austrian composer , one of the most gifted and prolific in the history of music. A child prodigy, he was composing by the age of five. His vast output of works includes more than 40 symphonies, nearly 30 piano concertos, over 20 string quartets, and operas including The Marriage of Figaro ( 1786 ), Don Giovanni ( 1787 ), and The Magic Flute ( 1791 ). Mozart came to epitomize classical music in its purity of form and melody. > A creative genius; a child prodigy Each step was like multiplying 235 by 9 478...

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Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

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..., Wolfgang Amadeus ( 1756–91 ) . In January 1851 , when George Eliot first took up residence at John *Chapman 's establishment in the Strand, she immediately hired a piano for herself. The following day Chapman sat in her room while she played one of Mozart's masses. However, although by 1859 she had collected ‘about eighteen sonatas and symphonies of Beethoven’ ( L iii. 177), at least until July of that year she had none of Mozart's symphonies, and invited the musical Charles Lee Lewes ( see Lewes Family ), with whom she often played duets, to be...

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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..., Wolfgang Amadeus ( 1756–91 ), Austrian composer and pianist . Following his visit to London as a child from 1764–5 , Mozart never returned, despite associating closely in Vienna with several prominent British musicians, such as Michael *Kelly and Nancy *Storace , who sang in the premiere of Le nozze di Figaro ( 1786 ), and composer Stephen *Storace . Mozart's plans to accompany these friends to London in 1787 fell through, but they perhaps engineered the offer he received to compose two Italian operas for the short-lived Pantheon company (...

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Simon Williams

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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..., Wolfgang Amadeus ( 1756–91 ) Austrian composer. One of the most versatile composers in history, Mozart especially prized opera . As a youth he showed himself adept in the conventional genres of the day, Idomeneo ( Residenztheater , Munich , 1781 ) being the most accessible of all opera seria . Mozart's greatness is revealed in the operas he wrote to librettos by Lorenzo da Ponte . The Marriage of Figaro ( Burgtheater , Vienna , 1786 ), still the most revived of all comic operas, has a vitality, pathos, and humanity that intensifies the...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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211 words

..., Wolfgang Amadeus ( 1756–91 ) Austrian composer . One of the most versatile composers in history, Mozart especially prized *opera . As a youth he showed himself adept in the conventional genres, Idomeneo (Munich, 1781 ) being the most accessible of all opera seria . Mozart's greatness is revealed in the operas he wrote to librettos by Lorenzo da Ponte . The Marriage of Figaro ( *Burgtheater , 1786 ), still the most revived of all comic operas, has a vitality, pathos, and humanity that intensifies the revolutionary message of *Beaumarchais 's...

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The Oxford Companion to German Literature (3 ed.)

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2005
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..., Wolfgang Amadeus (Salzburg, 1756–91 , Vienna), Austrian composer and musical prodigy , toured Europe with his father and sister when he was seven, visiting, among other cities, London and Paris. In 1762 and 1768 he played to Maria Theresia at Schönbrunn. He composed numerous symphonies, concertos, and divertimenti, as well as much chamber and keyboard music. The catalogue of his works ( Köchel-Verzeichnis , by L. Köchel ), contains 626 K numbers, as well as a number of interpolations marked by an added ‘A’. Of Mozart's liturgical music, all of...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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Encyclopedias
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179 words

..., Wolfgang Amadeus ( 1756–91 ) Austrian composer . A child prodigy on the piano, Mozart was taken by his father, Leopold, on performing tours in Europe ( 1762–65 ), during which he composed his first symphonies. In the 1770s, he worked at the Prince Archbishop's court in Salzburg. Masses, symphonies, and his first major piano concerto date from this time. Opera was his primary concern, and in 1780 he composed Idomeneo , which is impressive for its rich orchestral writing and depth of expression. In the 1780s, he moved to Vienna, where he became...

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Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

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2005
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945)
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..., Wolfgang Amadeus ( 1756–1791 ), Austrian composer. There is no other eighteenth-century composer whose life and works appear to be more enmeshed with the Enlightenment than Mozart. Most conspicuously, a number of critical ideological themes of Enlightenment thought were given explicit expression in operatic texts he set (above all in Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte ): criticism of aristocratic privileges and abuses, sympathetic portraits of bourgeois and female characters, tropes of exoticism, and vaguely deistic and even pantheistic...

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P. G. Stanwood

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2 ed.)

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2015
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945 words

..., Wolfgang Amadeus ( 1756–91 ) Austrian musician and composer . Born in Salzburg, though seldom remaining long in one place, he travelled extensively throughout Europe, where he performed or conducted many of his compositions. In his short life of only 35 years, Mozart wrote over 600 works in every kind of musical form available to him, including 22 operas. The last of these, and his final completed composition, is the famous ‘magic opera’, Die Zauberflöte ( The Magic Flute , 1791 ), principally based upon a fairy tale by A. J. Liebeskind ...

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Julian Rushton

The Oxford Companion to Music

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2011
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Music
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3,249 words

...Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus ( b Salzburg , 27 Jan. 1756 ; d Vienna , 5 Dec. 1791 ). Austrian composer . (His full given names were Johannes Chrysostomos Wolfgang Theophilus , Amadeus being a Latinization of the Greek Theophilus; but he usually styled himself ‘Wolfgang Amadè Mozart’.) He is perhaps the most beloved of ‘classical’ composers, and the one whose life and times are most subject to mythical distortion. His inborn musical ability may have been equalled, but no other feted infant prodigy lived to achieve so much. His powers of assimilation...

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The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

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2005
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..., Wolfgang Amadeus ( 1756–91 ), Austrian musician and composer . Born in Salzburg, though seldom remaining long in one place, he travelled extensively throughout Europe, where he performed or conducted many of his compositions. In his short life of only 35 years, Mozart wrote over 600 works in every kind of musical form available to him, including 22 operas. The last of these, and his final completed composition, is the famous ‘magic opera’, Die Zauberflöte ( The Magic Flute , 1791 ), principally based upon a fairy tale by A. J. Liebeskind ...

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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2011
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Quotations
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...Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756 91 Austrian composer I write [music] as a sow piddles. Quoted by Laurence J. Peter in Quotations for Our Time (1977). Source untraced, but using imagery of which Mozart was typically fond. Compare John Aubrey's memoir of Dr Kettle who, ‘was wont to say that “Seneca writes, as a boare doth pisse”, scilicet , by jirkes’ – Brief Lives ...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...0WolfgangAmadeus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756 – 91 Austrian composer Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpoints to hack post-horses. remark to Michael Kelly, 1786 melody is the essence essence of music counterpoints to hack post-horses The whole, though it be long, stands almost complete and finished in my mind, so that I can survey it, like a fine picture or a beautiful statue, at a glance. Nor do I hear in my imagination the parts successively , but I hear them, as it were, all at once. on his...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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...0Wolfgang0Amadeus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756 – 91 Austrian composer . On Mozart: see joseph ii , lehrer , schnabel I am happier when I have something to compose, for that, after all, is my sole delight and passion. letter to his father Leopold, 11 October 1777; Emily Anderson (ed.) Letters of Mozart and his Family (1966) vol. 1 something to compose The happy medium—truth in all things—is no longer either known or valued; to gain applause, one must write things so inane that they may be played on a barrel-organ, or so unintelligible that...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...0WolfgangAmadeus999 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–91 It may be that when the angels go about their task of praising God, they play only Bach. I am sure, however, that when they are together en famille , they play Mozart. Karl Barth 1886 – 1968 Swiss Protestant theologian Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1956) Too beautiful for our ears, and much too many notes, dear Mozart. of The Abduction from the Seraglio (1782) Joseph II 1741 – 90 Austrian monarch , Holy Roman Emperor attributed; Franz Xaver Niemetschek Life of Mozart (1798) too many notes...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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2013
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Music
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4,294 words

..., Wolfgang Amadeus Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilius ( b Salzburg , 1756 ; d Vienna , 1791 ) Austrian composer , keyboard‐player , violinist , violist , and conductor . Son of Leopold Mozart , Vice‐Kapellmeister to Prince‐Archbishop of Salzburg. He showed exceptional musical precocity, playing the klavier at 3 and composing at 5. His elder sister Maria Anna ( 1751–1829 ) was also a brilliant kbd player and in 1762 Leopold decided to present his children's talents at various European courts. They first visited Munich and Vienna...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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