Mozart's Birthplace

Mozart's Birthplace

Getreidegasse 9
A-5020 Salzburg
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Tel.: +43-662-84 43 13
Fax: +43-662-84 06 93
mozartmuseum@mozarteum.at

Opening hours

Daily: 9 am – 5.30 pm
July / Augst: until 8.30 am – 7.00 pm
(last entry 6.30 pm)

Mozart Residence

Mozart Residence

Makartplatz 8
A-5020 Salzburg
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Tel.: +43-662-874227-40
Fax: +43-662-87 42 27 83
mozartmuseum@mozarteum.at

Opening hours

Daily: 9 am – 5.30 pm
July / Augst: until 8 pm
(last entry 7.30 pm)

Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation

Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation


Schwarzstr. 26, A-5020 Salzburg
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Great Hall & Viennese Hall

Mag. Reinhard Haring
Rentals, Disposition
Tel. +43 (0) 662 889 40 22
E-Mail: haring@mozarteum.at

Bibliotheca Mozartiana

Dr. Armin Brinzing
Bibliotheca Mozartiana (Director)
Tel: +43 (0) 662 889 40 13
Fax: +43 (0) 662 889 40 50
E-Mail: brinzing@mozarteum.at

Latest News

10.07. 2013
6 Letters on Permanent Loan to the Bibliotheca Mozartiana

Today Dr. Armin Brinzing, head of the Bibliotheca Mozartiana was able to accept six letters (in some cases sketches) from the estate of Maximilian Stadler, owned privately in Germany, as a permanent loan to the Mozarteum Foundation. The correspondence about the so-called “Requiem conflict” no longer exists in complete form and yet it gives us a vivid insight into the efforts made by Mozart’s widow and those who supported her to preserve the memory of the great composer.  It is thus a very pleasing addition to the collection of the Bibliotheca Mozartiana.

Maximilian Stadler was in his day not insignificant as a composer and knew Mozart personally. After Mozart’s death he rendered outstanding services to his widow Constanze and her later second husband Georg Nikolaus Nissen by helping them to order Mozart’s musical legacy. He was probably also asked by Constanze to complete some of the works that Mozart had left behind as fragments.

Stadler was therefore predestined to emerge as a counterpart to the German author and composer Jacob Gottfried Weber who unleashed the so-called “Requiem Conflict” in 1825. At that time important facts about the creation of the Requiem and its completion by Franz Xaver Süßmayr were still unknown to the public, which led to all sorts of speculations. Weber even went so far as to assert in various publications that of the alleged Requiem ultimately “not one single piece was purely Mozart’s work”. He also maintained that although there were enough documents to show that Mozart had worked on a requiem before his death, this “genuine” requiem had been lost.

In the context of this conflict Stadler approached the public with several publications as the defender of the authenticity of the Requiem.  Stadler was well informed about what had occurred as he himself had at times participated in the efforts to complete Mozart’s Requiem.  In one of the letters he writes about it to Constanze Nissen-Mozart:

“For my part I did nothing other than fulfil my duty in saving the honour of your immortal husband and I will continue to defend it until his undignified opponent (Jacob Gottfried Weber is meant here) has been silenced.”

 Besides some letters by Stadler (drafts) there are two letters by Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart (Mozart’s younger son) and a letter by the German music publisher Johann Anton André (who had bought Mozart’s musical legacy from his widow Constanze in 1799).  Together with these loans a letter written by Constanze Mozart that is unfortunately incomplete is also added to the collection in the Bibliotheca Mozartiana.  She signed this letter to Stadler as follows:

“Your friend
and servant Constanza,
wife of Councillor von Nissen, former widow of Mozart”

The Bibliotheca Mozartiana is the largest specialist library in the world devoted to the life and œuvre of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart.  It comprises about 35,000 titles (books, essays) and more than 6,000 pieces of music.  Moreover it preserves the world’s most extensive collection of letters and other original documents of Mozart and his family.  First and foremost the library serves research purposes; the online catalogue also serves as a Mozart bibliography.

 

Opening hours:
Bibliotheca Mozartiana
Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg
Schwarzstraße 26, 1st floor
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Prior appointment requested

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