Mozart Timeline

Thus Spake Mozart… Mozart Quotations Part II

Did you know that the society of Salzburg in Mozart’s time was not as sophisticated and polite as we are led to believe? Bawdy pranks, rude cussing and a less than polite tone in conversation were daily occurrences. The Mozart family was no exception to this, and some surviving quotations by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart make us chuckle or blush when we hear them today.

Thus Spake Mozart… Mozart Quotations Part II
19 March 2014 Events
Mozart was born to “common folk”. He grew up in the famous Getreidegasse – Grain Lane – in Salzburg, and as a rugrat he most certainly frolicked through the city’s alleys with other children, indulging in the rude language of the street. He m...
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“Magic Flute” on the Beach

Mozart would never have dreamed of this: his Magic Flute on one of the most beautiful Australian beaches with a marvellous sunset in the background. One might smile and think that we are far better off today. Indulge in one of the most beautiful Mozart operas in an open-air production at the beginning of May on the Queensland Gold Coast, during the Bleach Festival at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta, Australia.

“Magic Flute” on the Beach
06 March 2014 Events
An exotic fantasy: you are sitting on the warm sand of a beach of breath-taking beauty in front of a surf club; you take a sip of cold beer and treat yourself to a snack from your picnic basket while enjoying the enchanting music of Mozart in a unique ...
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Thus Spake Mozart… Mozart Quotations Part I

A rich plethora of quotations by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has survived to this day. Most of them can be found in his letters to his father, family and friends. Only a few have become widely known. But anyone reading these letters will immediately recognise the greatest composer of all time as a human being just like you and me, with all the familiar joys and worries.

Thus Spake Mozart… Mozart Quotations Part I
27 February 2014 Events
Mozart’s correspondence constitutes one of the greatest treasures of the world of music. It is unusually extensive and a remarkable amount has survived until today. Mozart’s letters grant us an insight into the life of Mozart and his family and all...
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Mozart and Carnival Time

Mozart loved carnival. And dance. During his lifetime he composed numerous pieces of dance music – on several occasions for the Imperial Austrian masked balls during the Viennese carnival. Carnival at the time of Mozart, however, was very different from today – and these ornate balls followed very strict rules of conduct.

Mozart and Carnival Time
24 February 2014 Events
The occasion, location, time and date for dance events were subject to strong regulations in Mozart’s time. Dancing was explicitly forbidden at Christmas and during Lent, equally on holidays and Saturdays. On the other hand, during carnival - the tim...
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A “New” Don Giovanni Sends the Audience of London Raving

The ruthless seducer of women and his erotic adventures experience a sublime revival at the Royal Opera House this February. The new production by Kasper Holten, director of the most important stage in Great Britain, is an incredible box-office hit. And again we get to see the fascination of evil – and how boring the forces of good can be.

A “New” Don Giovanni Sends the Audience of London Raving
11 February 2014 Events
Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni tackles a topic which has never gone out of date: the attraction of moral depravity in the form of Don Giovanni and his cunning servant Leporello. The stor...
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Anton Walter – Creator of Mozart’s Famous Pianoforte

Even the most beautiful melodies diminish when they are played on inferior instruments. It is likely that Mozart had a very similar thought in mind when he commissioned the leading piano maker of his time, Anton Walter, to build his immeasurably precious pianoforte.

Anton Walter – Creator of Mozart’s Famous Pianoforte
11 February 2014 Events
It may have transpired like this: Maestro Mozart was looking for a piano – it goes without saying, the best piano in the world, because when it came to music, Mozart was not one to make compromises. Of course he must have known which workshop to go t...
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Grab your headphones – and here we go!

It is a well known fact that music has a beneficial effect on performance in sports activities. Music gets you in the right spirit, motivates and “gets the juices flowing”. Even the ancient Romans used drummers to “encourage” galley slaves to row faster. In the modern age, Xavier Naidoo motivated the German national football team with his music during the world championship in 2006. It is no surprise that many modern athletes legally “dope” themselves with classical music to enhance their performance.

Grab your headphones – and here we go!
07 February 2014 Events
The legendary Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie swears by listening to music while running and who does not know the sight of joggers hitting the pavement humming a tune with headphones firmly plugged in. Some even consider it legal dop...
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Così fan tutte – Singapore, Barcelona, Zurich

One of the most popular Mozart operas is on the schedule of three different renowned opera houses in February: Così fan tutte – Thus Do They All. The musical comedy about love, fidelity and treason has seen many different interpretations over the years – three of them are to be performed in Barcelona, Zurich and Singapore. Why not set out on a musical journey of exploration? Thus Do Only A Few.

Così fan tutte – Singapore, Barcelona, Zurich
22 January 2014 Events
Mozart composed Così fan tutte for Emperor Joseph II in 1790. He planned the genre picture set in Naples as a mirror image of the depravity of the high society in Vienna. The emperor...
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Meditating with Mozart – far from the big opera stages of the world

Opera houses, concert halls, open air stages – many people automatically draw a connection between the music of Mozart and grandiose venues. An unforgettable experience without question. But also by far not the only approach to the work of the musical genius. Why not approach Mozart at home, without a dinner jacket or formal dress – during a meditation for instance?

Meditating with Mozart – far from the big opera stages of the world
22 January 2014 Events
As we know Mozart, it is very unlikely that he was the type to have meditated. But his genius gave birth to melodies that are perfectly suited as a background for meditation due to their artistic depth and sophisticated harmonies. Every human being has...
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Inconceivable: A World without Mozart

January 27th is the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – the musical genius who came into this world 258 years ago on a freezing winter day in Salzburg, and who would shape musical history like no musician before or after him. Today the name Mozart is inseparably intertwined with classical music and it is impossible to imagine what a world without Mozart would look like.

Inconceivable: A World without Mozart
15 January 2014 Events
Admittedly, imagining that Mozart had never existed is just a fanciful phantasm and we are grateful that the world is as it is. After all, we were all born a long time after Mozart and we grew up in the constant presence of Mozart and his music. Perhap...
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