Mozart in Salzburg

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The renowned composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born in Salzburg in 1756. His father, Leopold Mozart, was a minor composer and experienced music teacher. He lived in Salzburg until he moved to Vienna in 1781. There are many other opportunities to hear his great music when in the city and to learn about Mozart and his life in Salzburg.

The International Mozarteum Foundation runs a well-known orchestral and operatic program. The Universitat Mozarteum also has a concert program.

Stiffskeller St. Peters: This is Europe’s oldest restaurant from 803. The Mozarts actually dined there according to records, in 1783. The restaurant also features a Mozart dinner concert in their lovely Baroque Hall upstairs.

Mozart Museen Salzburg: There are two Mozart museums in Salzburg.

Mozart’s Geburtshaus, at Getreidegasse 9, is the house where he was born and spent his childhood. Here you can learn about his life, his family and friends and his passion for opera. There are original portraits and documents, his instruments including a violin and clavichord and some of his personal possessions. I really enjoyed seeing some of the original set designs and models for some of his famous opera productions. There is also lovely restaurant on the property.

The other is the Mozart-Wohnhaus at Makartplatz 8, which was almost totally destroyed during WWII. It has been reconstructed to the original plan and was where the family moved in 1773. Again there are original portraits, documents, music. The highlight is his piano and a famous family portrait. They also feature special events, exhibitions and concerts.

 

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