Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered classical musics’ wunderkind of all time! It was always a dream of mine to visit some of the places Mozart lived, worked and made his mark. I made my dream a reality and booked a flight to Vienna. The celebrated composer was born in Salzburg on January 27, 1756 and this is where the journey began.
From 1781 – 1791 was considered Mozart’s “Vienna Period”. It was during this time that the composer created the masterworks that ensured his immortality! These would include his Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, the Singspiel, The Abduction from Seraglio, the Haydn Quartets, the Dissonance Quartet,; the Hoffmeister Quartet; the Sonata No. 4 in F major for Piano 4 Hands, the Symphony in E flat, Symphony No.41 in C major, Jupiter, his great operas including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Mozart: Cosa-Fan Tutte, The Magic Flute, La Clemenza di Tito and the Requiem.
During Mozart’s very short life, he produced more than 600 published works including 15 masses, 49 symphonies, 20 operas, 17 organ sonatas, 26 quartets, 17 piano concertos, and dozens of other compositions for various combinations of instruments. Picking my top 20 was far from easy, but below is some of the most popular music he is recognized by.
My Top 20 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1.Symphony No.25 In G Minor, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
2. The Marriage of Figaro – Overture, Bonn Classical Philharmonic
3. Serenade No. 13 in G Major, Camerata Salzburg and Francesco Macci
4. Symphony No. 40 In G Minor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
5. Concerto No. 21 in C Major, Stockholm Sinfonietta
6. Serenade No. 10 in B-Flat Major, Tapiola Sinfonietta
7. Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, Pachelbel Ensemble
8. Requiem Mass in D Minor, Budapest Concert Chorus and Orchestra
9. Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, Berlin Symphony Orchestra
10. Don Giovanni – Overture, St. Petersburg Orchestra
11. Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra
12. The Magic Flute, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
13. Symphony No.31 In D Major “Paris”, Orchestra Di Padova
14. Symphony No. 41 in C Major – “Jupiter”, NBC Symphony Orchestra
15. Minuet and Trio , Helen Marlais
16. Sonata No. 8 D major, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
17. Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, Boston Symphony Orchestra
18. Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra (No.10) in E flat, Alfred Brendel
19. Die ZauberflÃ¶te, “Ach,ich fuhl’s”, Margaret Price
20. Requiem in D minor, Introitus: Requiem, Amadeus