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
Get directions

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

TREASURES FROM THE BIBLIOTHECA MOZARTIANA 

In a special room in the Mozart-Wohnhaus (Mozart residence) “Treasures from the Bibliotheca Mozartiana” are presented in changing exhibitions.


 

Current special exhibition: Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart - A Composer of “little ability”?

Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart was born in Vienna on July 26, 1791, just a few months before the death of his father, Wolfgang Amadé Mozart.

As a child, he received an extensive musical education in Prague and Vienna. Some of the most important musicians and composers of his time were among his teachers: Antonio Salieri, Sigismund Neukomm and Johann Nepomuk Hummel, to name a few.

At age 17, he accepted a position as private piano teacher to a noble family in Gallizien. After that, he was active for several years in Lemberg (now Lviv, Ukraine). From there, he undertook a two-and-a-half-year-long concert tour through Europe, and performed as a pianist in numerous cities (Among his stops were Warsaw, Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague, Venice, Milan and Vienna.). In 1838, he returned to Vienna, where he spent the last years of his life.

In 1839, he received the commission from Salzburg to compose a celebratory cantata to honor his deceased father in the context of the dedication of a Mozart monument. At first, the son of Mozart declined the commission, writing in his own words, that due to his “lacking ability”, he felt incapable of accepting such a noble task.

This unusual modesty was characteristic of the widely respected composer, who spent his life in the overwhelming shadow of his father. His compositions, which he usually published under the name “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Son)”, are played more frequently today; examples are his two piano concerts.

The exhibition traces the stations of his life through a display of original sheet music, letters and images from the collections of the Bibliotheca Mozartiana, the archive and the museums of the International Mozarteum Foundation. The exhibition also shows how Salzburg has Mozart’s younger son to thank for the many original manuscripts by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, paintings and other mementos of Salzburg’s native son and his family, which are today owned by the Mozarteum Foundation. Shortly before his death, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart bequeathed his personal library and other heirlooms of his father to the Cathedral Music Association and Mozarteum, founded in 1841. Today the still-existing International Mozarteum Foundation, founded in 1880 as the original institution’s successor, holds a large part of the Mozart estate, while another part is housed by the Archive of the Archdiocese of Salzburg. Currently, this historical estate is being comprehensively researched and developed in cooperation between the two institutions, under the general management of the Mozarteum Foundation.

 

Current exhibition:

Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart
- A Composer of “little ability”?

Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart