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Mozart Week January 23rd – February 2nd, 2014

We celebrate the anniversary of Mozart’s birth for the 258th time on January 27th, 2014 – maybe not a “round” anniversary, but Mozart would not have minded at all. The people of Salzburg think that every anniversary of Mozart’s birthday is equally important; therefore, the International Mozarteum Foundation hosts the annual Mozart Week to commemorate the work of the great musical genius. However, two other great composers actually do celebrate “round” anniversaries in 2014: it is Christoph Willibald Gluck’s 300th and Richard Strauss’s 150th anniversary – and both composers find themselves in the limelight during Mozart Week.

Mozart Week January 23rd – February 2nd, 2014
30 December 2013 Events
It goes without saying that Mozart remains the ultimate star of Mozart Week. Since 1956, this unique festival has brought the best orchestras, ensembles and artists to Salzburg, Austria. Opera performances, orchestra and chamber concerts and performanc...
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Villa Bertramka

Famous villa in Prague where Mozart composed Don Giovanni

Villa Bertramka
19 December 2013 Sights
Bertramka, located in what is now the Smíchov district in Prague 5, is precious to Mozart lovers because of its association with Mozart’s visits in 1787 and 1791, when he visited his friends Josefa and František Dušek at the villa and worked at co...
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Contest: “MY MOZART MOMENT”

Mozart would have been thrilled by the contest hosted for the Facebook communities of MOZART.COM and FROMAUSTRIA.COM from December 9th to 20th. Anyone who posts their personal “MY MOZART MOMENT” – a text and/or a picture – is eligible to participate. Nine genuine Austrian products from the online store of FROMAUSTRIA.COM beckon as prizes. On December 20th, the main prize is drawn from all participants – a Mozart Bowl from the Viennese Porcelain Manufacturer Augarten! We wish all participants the best of luck!

Contest: “MY MOZART MOMENT”
08 December 2013 Events
What was your “MOZART MOMENT”? How did you discover your love for Mozart’s music or how was your interest for the artist and human being Mozart piqued? Illustrate this moment – with a picture, poem or Facebook post! Share your “MOZART MOMENT...
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Did Mozart celebrate Christmas?

In the time of Mozart’s youth – the second half of the 18th century – Christmas was most certainly one of the most important holidays in Catholic Salzburg. We do not know what the celebration of Christmas would have looked like in the Mozart family residence in Getreidegasse alley and at Makartplatz square in Salzburg. But it is possible that they had a Christmas tree…

Did Mozart celebrate Christmas?
05 December 2013 Events
The custom to have a fir tree decorated with tinsel, colourful glass balls and candles spread all over the world from Germany in the 19th century. However, there are a few surviving reports of decorated Christmas trees from the 18th
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How did Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart die?

December 5th is the anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In November 1791 the composer fell ill with a serious disease and died two weeks later at the age of 35. The true nature of the disease has remained a mystery until today. Countless myths entwine the cause of Mozart’s death, which has fascinated scientists, scholars and many others. Mozart’s death plays an important role in director Milos Forman’s film “Amadeus”, shot in 1984.

How did Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart die?
02 December 2013 Events
On November 20th, 1791, Mozart suddenly came down with fever and was wracked with pain. His arms and legs were severely swollen. In the following days his health significantly deteriorated. He died on December 5 after lapsing into a coma. The death cer...
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Royal Expectations

Next February 15th still seems very far off. But this is a good thing! It leaves more time to plan a trip to Zurich and to look forward to a concert that no lover of Mozart’s church music should miss. The Swiss concert organiser Obrasso Classic Events has put Mozart’s Coronation Mass on the schedule of the Tonhalle Zurich concert hall – and a bit more besides …

Royal Expectations
27 November 2013 Events
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his Missa brevis in C major (K. 317) as a commission for Prince-Archbishop Colloredo of Salzburg – most likely for the service at the Salzburg Cathedral on Easter Sunday 1779. The work was renamed Coronation Mass after M...
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The Mozart Effect – Reality or Myth?

In the early 90s, scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) experimented with the effect the music of Mozart has on the spatial-temporal-reasoning capacities of the human brain. The study suggested improved scores in IQ-tests after listening to the Mozart Sonata for Keyboard Four-Hands in D major. However, the so-called Mozart Effect is not without its critics.

The Mozart Effect – Reality or Myth?
20 November 2013 Events
The positive effect of music on the cognitive capabilities of the brain is a fact – music has the capacity to stimulate the brain. In 1993, this piqued the interest of a group of Californian researchers. They conducted a study with numerous participa...
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Child Genius Meets Child Genius

The lives of the world famous Chinese pianist Lang Lang and of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart share some striking similarities despite the fact that they are separated by a period of 250 years. These similarities imbue the performance by Lang Lang of three piano sonatas at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the beginning of November with a very special flair.

Child Genius Meets Child Genius
13 November 2013 Events
Sold-out concerts, raving critics – the likable pianist, born in the Chinese metropolis of Shenyang in 1982, “made it”. It is still worth mentioning that Lang Lang’s and Mozart’s paths to fame were arduous and full of hardship. Like the young...
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Musical Greetings from Moscow and Vienna

Moscow is far away. But it goes without saying that young Russian artists did not hesitate to undertake the long journey to Vienna for a good cause. Together with highly gifted soloist students of the AMADEUS Interntional School Vienna, pianists of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music will perform a charity concert: “Greetings from Moscow and Vienna”.

Musical Greetings from Moscow and Vienna
07 November 2013 Events
The only widely famous “protagonist” contributing to the concert is the music itself. The artists are highly gifted, very young – and not yet known to a wider audience. This very fact adds so much flavour to the concert “Greetings from Moscow a...
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A Trip to New York for Mozart’s Requiem

The chaotic hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping in the Big Apple might not be appealing to all lovers of classical music. Why not go to an exquisite concert instead? Before the seasonal shopping craze hits New York in full, there are some quiet autumn days in November. When mild temperatures and the turning leaves of Central Park provide the backdrop for a special musical event: the New York Philharmonic Orchestra performs the Requiem.

A Trip to New York for Mozart’s Requiem
25 October 2013 Events
Posterity owes Mozart’s Requiem to a commission by Count Franz Walsegg-Struppach. The count intended to claim Mozart’s work as his own to commemorate the death of his own wife. Mozart never found out who commissioned the masterpiece. He only met a ...
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