Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Greatest Pure Musician the World Has Ever Known

Great Biographies, Book 1
Narrated by: Jerry Beebe
Series: Great Biographies, Book 46
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Art
4.8 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

Probably the most naturally gifted musician the world has ever known, Mozart began his career early as a child prodigy. By the age five, he was already proficient on the violin, the harpsichord, and piano keyboard, and had begun composing music that had integrity. He was a showman as well, according to contemporary documents, and charmed many of the crowned heads of Europe with his performance and his manner.

Inside you’ll hear about:
 

  • Early years of prodigy.
  • The Grand Tour 1763-66.
  • Setbacks and success in Vienna.
  • The solo trip to Italy.
  • Salzburg to Vienna.
  • Augsburg, Mannheim, Paris, and Munich.
  • Munich and Idomeneo.
  • And much more...

Unlike other child prodigies though, Mozart developed gradually into a mature musician, composing operas, concertos, 41 symphonies, string quartets, piano sonatas, and many other kinds of music. Although he died when he was only 35 years old, he is still one of the most prolific composers who ever lived.

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timeline based, little bio

a dry reading of a timeline of the pieces mozart wrote, where he performed them, for whom they were commissioned... sprinkled with notes of illnesses battled no insight on who mozart was

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Best informative.

I enjoyed all the biographical information. The music was wonderful and I found it relaxing to watch, which is important to me.

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Fantastic

Trying to find classical music I like and Mozart seems to be one I have enjoyed the most.

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Don't bother

This is a rather stunted recitation of a chronological record of Mozarts works and performances. The content is like reading footnotes aloud. It does not explore any of the emotional reasons for Mozart for why Mozart was such a genius - except at the very end where a detailed summary of the last symphony is explained. The narration is monosyllabic and not very interesting. I was always taught by my piano teacher mother that the pronunciation of the artists name was "Mod-zart" not "Mosart" and Josef Hayden is pronounced Hie-den" not "hay -den". I could be wrong here, but the continued mispronunciation was very off putting. Don't waste a credit on this biography

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What can I say? I disagree with people who say, "T

What can I say? I disagree with people who say, "Too many notes." I love Mozart, and his music lifts my heart. I love every one of those notes! This CD is a great collection of his works, and especially at the price, you cannot go wrong! is works, and especially at the price, you cannot go wrong!

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good one

A must have in your music library..very relaxing and a nice break from the norm of hip hop, pop etc.

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great one

99 songs for the price of just 1 or 2 is amazing. 99 of Mozart's BEST SONGS is even more amazing. I walk to school everyday listening to classical music and I am glad I bought this. I can listen to the best music and never get tired of it. I recommend this album over any other Mozart album

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good one

For the price this is not a bad album. It has plenty of good selections and some that are just okay

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good one

Mozart was brilliant, and his compositions are ethereal. If you can listen to Mozart and deny Intelligent Design you need a vacation. Especially if you know anything about his background. To have this much of his music in one quality collection is more than a pleasure. In fact, it's so good, I can't think of a word to describe it, so I am forced to make one up: it is scrumptrulescent.

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good one

If you enjoy classical music, this is a steal. Many different recordings and artists provide a lot of variety and of course your favorite Mozart classics are included.

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  • 10-13-19

A Flawing personality.

That such an idealist could be so pragmatic simply makes him more inspiring to me. The Declaration of Independence remains the most inspiring political ideal ever penned.

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  • 06-02-19

Great collection of Mozart songs and nice to have

Great collection of Mozart songs and nice to have for our home school year as we study this composer. Price was great considering the songs were also ripped to my Amazon music library as well.

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  • Hjuston
  • 06-02-19

Amazing! I can work relax and productivity every

Amazing! I can work relax and productivity every day. I am very surprise, because I didn't know how many compositions of Mozart I ever knew.

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  • Harry
  • 06-02-19

An excellent collection of Mozart works, includin

An excellent collection of Mozart works, including some opera arias. Didn't expect this to include vocal music, but some is vocal, and sung beautifully. I highly recommend this CD set to all Mozart fans.

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  • Ron
  • 06-02-19

L.A.'s publicly supported classical station durin

L.A.'s publicly supported classical station during one of their fund drives. I had already made my yearly donation and couldn't afford the additional donation requirement to receive Essential Mozart as a gift, so I meekly bought a used copy from Amazon. I had to have it! It is a beautiful representation of Mozart's work. By the way, if you are looking for a good classical station where you can get informative tidbits about the composers, KUSC is it, and it is available to the world through their computers. Just remember to send a donation every year or so if you like the station.

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  • Allen
  • 06-02-19

It's such a rich and wonderful album; the sound, i

It's such a rich and wonderful album; the sound, in the car, perfect. I don't possess a good cd player currently, so I count on the vivid speakers in my Honda Pilot. I want the Beethoven collection next, and thought I had ordered it, but must have not. To me, this album of Mozart is just a joy. There are voice and choral pieces in it, too.My little dog loves it, in the car, too. (I think) Did I say Exhalted? Yes, there is exultation in this exalted level of music, and it blesses me to my depths and heights. And that's while navigating some pretty dreary urban blight, so it's working a miracle.

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  • Lora
  • 06-02-19

The "Who Was..." series is a wonderful way to get

The "Who Was..." series is a wonderful way to get kids to read about history. They'll learn different & interesting things in these books they won't get anywhere else. My children asked for them for Christmas! They can't put them down. I homeschool and these are a great tool for learning. My 11 year old reads them on her own very well and my 7 yr. old reads them with a little help. Highly recommend.

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  • Daria
  • 06-02-19

I have found this book brief enough to hold my 8

I have found this book brief enough to hold my 8 y.o son's interest, while covering in age adequate details the life of Mozart. The timelines at the end are equally good as they spew facts of history, which he luvs

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  • Jason
  • 06-02-19

am buying most of these books for 6-yr old; very d

am buying most of these books for 6-yr old; very detailed, easy to read a chapter or 2 at a time. Attention span too short to read entire book. But I loved all of them - I learned a lot about Jackie Robinson, Ben Franklin, Mozart, Dr. Seuss. Will buy more, please keep publishing!

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  • Tom Mudy
  • 06-02-19

After dealing lately with Haydn piano sonatas on t

After dealing lately with Haydn piano sonatas on three double-CD volumes, Canadian virtuoso Marc-Andre Hamelin has recently devoted a twofer to piano sonatas and some short works by another coryphaeus of the Viennese classicism, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. No less than eight well-known sonatas from different periods in Mozart’s output are included in this selection. Though the great majority of them are given remarkable performances, Hamelin doesn’t make me forget the supreme witty recorded accounts by Alfred Brendel or Maria Joao Pires. For instance, the lively and haunting theme in the first movement of the E-flat major K 282 sonata (so charming rendered by Brendel) sounds here banal and flabby, while the D minor Fantasia K 397 lacks in vivacity due to a lax rhythm the soloist chooses (while the versions of Mitsuko Uchida or Christian Zacharias sparks properly). These bitter remarks are certainly minor objections contrasting an overall favourable impression. Hamelin is a major artist of our time, so his eagerly-awaited recordings are more passionately commented. When it comes to him, their highly valued qualities are something that belongs to the realm of “normal” and “usual”. His fabulous virtuosity and legendary musical insight are always taken for granted and the debate over his interpretations target the subtleties and nuances of his artistry, while for other performing pianists they are subject to tend to. I gladly welcome this twofer by Marc-Andre Hamelin and impatiently await his next volume in the series.