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Aloysia Weber as Zemire
in the opera Zemire et Azor.

She was for some time
a love interest of Mozart.

Mozart's Unrequited Love

Here is Mozart accompanying opera singer Aloysia Weber, a 17 year old girl he met at Manneheim. Mozart fell in love with her and expressed a desire to marry Aloysia. However, she rejected him after a short courship. Mozart would later marry Aloysia's younger sister, Constanza.

Mozart (unfinished portrait)
(by Joseph Lange, 1782)

The above is regarded by historians as the most accurate surviving likeness of Mozart, painted when the composer was 26 years old. It is a section of an unfinished 1782 portrait by Joseph Lange.

Mozart's wife, Constanze, interviewed in old age by Vincent and Mary Novello, said this portrait was "by far the best likeness of him."

Below is the whole unfinished 1782 portrait of Mozart by Joseph Lange. The original intent was evidently to portray Mozart seated at the piano.

Mozart performing for friends.

Mozart in about 1789
(painting by Christian Vögel)

Mozart silhouette

Madame Vestris in the role of Don Giovanni

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Franz Joseph Haydn
(by Hardy, 1791)

Haydn was already a famous composer when Mozart was a child. Although Haydn was almost 24 years older than Mozart, the two composers were friends who enjoyed each other's company and greatly respected each other's music.

Posthumous painting of Mozart
(by Barbara Krafft, Circa 1819)

Mozart drawing
(by Doris Stock, 1789)

Romanticized 19th century portrait of Mozart.

Mozart Solemn Vespers

Amadeus (1984)

Mozart's Sister 2010

Flute & Harp Duo

The Mozart Effect

Albert Einstein was a fervent admirer of Mozart's music especially the violin sonatas which Einstein loved to play on his violin.


Einstein and Music

"I tell you before God, and as an honest man, your son is the greatest composer known to me by person and repute, he has taste and what is more the greatest skill in composition."

(Said to Leopold Mozart)
~Joseph Haydn~

Music and The Radiance of Mozart,
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by Mike Fallon

The Opera Composer

As an opera composer Mozart really excelled. In fact he wrote 22 operas — with the most famous being Le nozze di Figaro K.492 (The Marriage of Figaro), Don Giovanni K.527, Cosi fan tutte K.588 (Women are like that) and Die Zauberflöte K.620 (The Magic Flute). The Magic Flute is my favorite. I believe it has some of the most sublime music ever written for an opera.

In his operas Mozart could write arias that were a real challenge to a singer's vocal cords. Listen to the following excerpt of Luciana Serra singing Mozart's aria "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herze" from Act 2 of his opera The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte, K.620).

W.A. Mozart
Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herze" from Act 2 of his opera The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte, K.620) — sample

Fragment from The Magic Flute overture in Mozart's own handwriting.


Diana Damrau sings Mozart's "Queen of the Night" aria (from The Magic Flute), from her album "Arie Di Bravura" (Mozart, Salieri and Righini Arias). Damrau gives a breathtaking performance!

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"Non pił andrai" (You shall go no more) is an aria for bass from Mozart's 1786 opera The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492. Listen to the powerful and triumphant music Mozart provides at the end of this aria...

W.A. Mozart
"Non pił andrai" from The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492 — sample

Mozart's Musical Gems

My greatest joy in listening to Mozart is discovering his more obscure musical gems versus his "greatest hits". His Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K.413: II Larghetto movement comes to mind. This Larghetto movement has a very relaxing "simple" interplay between the piano and the strings as it glides along. Listen...

W.A. Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K.413: II Larghetto — sample

Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339: V. Laudate Dominum from Mozart's Solemn Vespers is an amazingly gorgeous vocal work. Listen...

W.A. Mozart
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339: V. Laudate Dominum — sample

Also very beautiful is Joshua Bell's transcription of it for violin:

W.A. Mozart
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339: V. Laudate Dominum — sample from Joshua Bell's album Voice of the Violin.

Mozart's Tension & Release

Mozart was a master of building up tension in his music and at just the right time releasing that tension into a torrid river of flowing melody and harmony that splashes all around your aural senses. He does that in the 1st movement of his Symphony No. 34 in C Major, K.338. Listen...

Mozart Symphony No. 34 in C Major, K.338,
1st mvt, Allegro vivace — Sample

He generates that same tension and release in his Horn Concerto No. 4 in E Flat Major, K.495: I. Allegro maestoso. Listen...

W.A. Mozart
Horn Concerto No. 4 in E Flat Major, K.495: I. Allegro maestoso — sample

Mozart – The Flute & The Trumpet

While it is debatable if Mozart had a dislike for the flute, that didn't stop him from producing some of the most achingly beautiful music for the instrument such as his two flute concertos and the Flute and Harp Concerto K.299. The following is a video of the beautiful "Andantino" from the Flute and Harp Concerto accompanied by lovely works of art:


Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto K.299, 2nd mvt, Andantino
Illustrated video with 17th - 18th
Century -mostly landscape- paintings.

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As a little boy, Mozart was very afraid of the trumpet. As Johann Schachtner, a friend of the family in Mozart's early years and himself a trumpet player, recalled:

"Until he was almost ten years old, he had an insurmountable horror of the trumpet when it was sounded alone, without other instruments; merely holding a trumpet toward him terrified him as much as if it had been a loaded pistol. His father wished to overcome this childish alarm, and ordered me once, in spite of the boy's pathetic pleading, to blow toward him; but, oh God! how I wish that I had not been induced to do it. Wolfgang no sooner heard the blaring sound than he turned deathly pale, began to collapse, and would certainly have fallen into convulsions, had I not immediately left off."

By the time Mozart was ten he overcame this fear and started to use the trumpet in his compositions. At age 12 he even managed to write a trumpet concerto. But alas, this trumpet concerto was lost.

Mozart's Lost Works

There were a number of Mozart pieces that were lost throughout his lifetime. Every once in a while one is found. Here is a news report of one that was found in an attic.

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