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25 Years of Musiktage Mondsee

This Year under the Auspices of Mozart

07 August 2013 Events

Small, exquisite, exclusive – the Musiktage Mondsee Festival was created by Andràs Schiff 25 years ago and has been under the artistic direction of the Auryn Quartet since 2010. A quarter of a century is well worth celebrating – but which composer would be the most fitting for Mondsee in the province of Salzburg? It goes without saying: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was born in the nearby city of Salzburg.

The chamber music festival in the Salzkammergut region of Austria is well loved by music aficionados all over the world. It is proud of its long tradition and looks back on a series of great names in the music business who have performed here – adhering to the motto of the festival to “play music among friends”. The 25 year anniversary finds itself under the auspices of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and creates a link between his great works of chamber music and Romantic composers such as Brahms, Schumann and Dvorák. Alternating concert programmes ensure a unique musical indulgence from August 30 to September 7 2013. Performances are held in the picturesque culture and event centre Sala Schloss Mondsee and the Mondsee Basilica.

Mozart on a journey to Prague

The programme of September 6 is of special interest to lovers of Mozart and literature: “Mozart on a journey to Prague”. Narrator Frank Hoffmann reads from Eduard Moerike’s homonymous novella. The musical framework of the reading consists of the piano concertos in A-major, KV 414, and C-major, KV 415, performed by the Auryn Quartet and Lilya Zilberstein on the piano.

Moerike wrote the novella on the occasion of Mozart’s 100th birthday, being inspired by a performance of “Don Giovanni”. It is widely known as the most famous “artist novella” of the 19th century. It tells the fictitious story of Wolfgang and Constanze’s journey to Prague. And indeed, Mozart travelled to Prague in 1787 to compose “Don Giovanni” and to rehearse the opera with the orchestra and singers.

… and more

Further festival events are musical highlights in their own right. After the opening concert on August 30 at the Mondsee Basilica follows the opening celebration at the Schloss Mondsee palace. The framework programme includes “Mozart for Kids” and “The Mozart Sing Along” and an introduction to the work of the Tyrolean composer Johannes Maria Staud. For more information and the programme please click: