MOZART'S LEGACY

MOZART’S LEGACY –
THE MOZARTEUM FOUNDATION

A long-standing partnership links Mirabell with the International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, which fosters and preserves Mozart’s heritage for future generations. We regard it as a special distinction that Mirabell was awarded the Austrian art sponsorship prize for its support of the Mozarteum Foundation.

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International Mozarteum Foundation
Mozarteum Foundation, © SMF/ C. Schneider
Preservation of Mozart’s heritage

The International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg is highly regarded worldwide for preserving and fostering the heritage of the famous Salzburg composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Not only has it made great achievements in the sphere of academic research into Mozart’s life and œuvre, it also organises outstanding performances of his music. The International Mozarteum Foundation is a non-profit organisation and concerned on three levels with Mozart’s heritage:

  • It carries out intense academic research into the life and œuvre of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • It runs the museums in Mozart’s Birthplace, the Mozart Residence and the Mozart Audio and Film Collection with the aim of presenting the personality of this extraordinary human being and fostering the memory of one of the greatest geniuses who ever lived.
  • It organises concerts, including the Mozart Week festival, in which the best performers of Mozart’s music appear.
The Mozart Museums – Music for Eyes

The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation preserves the heritage of the Salzburg-born genius in the two Mozart museums Mozart’s Birthplace and the Mozart Residence, which are two of the main touristic attractions in Salzburg.

Mozart's Birthplace
Mozart’s Birthplace, © SMF/ A. Horner
Mozart’s Birthplace (Mozarts Geburtshaus)

Mozart spent his childhood in this house dating from the Middle Ages in the Getreidegasse No. 9. It was full of corners, corridors, thick walls, rooms and small chambers and looked out on churches, streets and mountains. A museum was set up in Mozart’s Birthplace in 1880 which is organised and run by the International Mozarteum Foundation. Extensions, alterations, re-arranging and improvements are constantly being made. This museum portrays the life of Mozart, his family and his contemporaries, the performance history of Mozart’s operas and how they were received from the 18th century to the present.
The most important exhibits in Mozart’s Birthplace are his clavichord, his portraits, his concert violin from Mittenwald, the violin he used as a child and his viola.

The Mozart Residence
The Mozart Residence,
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The Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus)

This is a much larger house at Makartplatz No. 8 where the Mozart family lived from 1773. They entertained guests here and played in the garden. In particular they made music in their new living quarters and the crème de la crème of Salzburg’s musical life were regular guests of the Mozarts. Wolfgang Amadeus was 17 years old when the family moved into this house. In the following years he composed several symphonies, serenades and divertimenti, five violin concertos and a series of piano concertos. Mozart also began working on “La finta giardiniera” and “Il re pastore” here as well as composing parts of his opera “Idomeneo”.
In 1944 large parts of the Mozart Residence were destroyed during bombing raids in the Second World War. At the beginning of the 1990s the house was re-built in the old style with financial support from a Japanese insurance company and many friends of Mozart from all over the world. Mozart’s concert piano built by Anton Walter and dating from the year 1780 can be seen in the famous Dancing Master’s Hall. The famous family portrait, other musical instruments as well as historical furnishings are exhibited and provide an appropriate setting for the original manuscripts, books and paintings from Mozart’s time.

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The Mozart Week – The Salzburg Music Festival in Winter

Around the time of Mozart’s birthday on January 27th, the International Mozarteum Foundation annually organises about 30 concerts over ten days, thereby making a major artistic contribution to European concert life.
Every year during the Mozart Week internationally renowned conductors, soloists, singers as well as the world’s leading ensembles and orchestras perform here. Many of the International Mozarteum Foundation’s opera productions can be described as exemplary. Mozart’s great operas such as “The Magic Flute”, “Le nozze di Figaro”, “Don Giovanni” and “Così fan tutte”, organised under the auspices of the International Mozarteum Foundation, were also unforgettable operatic experiences.

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Bibliotheca Mozartiana,
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The Mozart Institute – Sound is Knowledge, Knowledge is Sound

Experts and scholars working with the International Mozarteum Foundation try to carry out very precise research in a variety of spheres into the œuvre and person of Mozart. As in the case of many historically important people there are many legends, half-truths and myths about Mozart. The International Mozarteum Foundation, however, aims to extend knowledge and discover the truth.

Autograph manuscripts of Mozart’s music, original letters written by Mozart and members of his family, the copies dating from Mozart’s time, the first and early printed editions, journals from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, musicological literature and much more are collected, evaluated, ordered and catalogued in the Bibliotheca Mozartiana. This is made available to Mozart researchers throughout the world.

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W. A. Mozart,
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©SMF Bibliotheca Mozartiana

The International Mozarteum Foundation’s collection of autograph manuscripts, the core of this library, is kept safe under lock and key in fully air conditioned vaults in the depths of the cellar of the Mozart Residence. 200 original letters written by Mozart, 300 letters written by his father and above all the extraordinarily important collection of 100 original scores written by Mozart himself have given the Bibliotheca Mozartiana its high renown, with which no other Mozart library in the world can compare.

For about half a century the International Mozarteum Foundation has been meticulously concerned with the revision of Mozart’s entire musical material. Besides ensuring historical accuracy, the aim of this new edition is principally to provide musicians with musical notation that corresponds as closely as possible with what Mozart actually intended. To achieve this it was necessary to “purge” the entire musical material of what performers and publishers over the course of over 200 years of musical history had considered to be “improvements”, made in accordance with the prevailing zeitgeist. The 130 volumes published so far in the New Mozart Edition are probably the most important step towards achieving authenticity in the interpretation of Mozart’s music. In the history of musical publishing hardly any other complete edition has probably had such a lasting influence on the performing and listening habits of an œuvre as this New Mozart Edition from Salzburg published by Bärenreiter.

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Audio & Film Collection,
©SMF Bibliotheca Mozartiana
The Mozart Audio and Film Collection – Mozart hear and now

25,000 audio titles as well as 3,000 video productions, all combined with precise data on the description of the work, the genre, key signature, list of instruments, cast, movement descriptions, notes on the time when the work was composed, first performed and other such details. These are the bare facts concerning the Mozart Audio and Film Collection which was opened in 1991. However, the collection housed in the Mozart Residence has much more to offer: historic recordings, complete recordings as well as pioneering, exemplary or even “perfectly normal” recordings of Mozart’s entire œuvre can be heard there. Some pieces of music are stored in ten, others in over a hundred different interpretations for connoisseurs and the interested public. There is also an extensive range of films on offer: historic films about productions at the Salzburg Festival and a collection of the most important film documentaries about Mozart. You can also find some kitschy and banal films on the subject as well as all the most important Hollywood productions made about Mozart. Listening and watching stations are accessible to researchers, musicologists, Mozart-lovers and above all musicians and performers who use this practical facility to find out all they want to know about Mozart’s music and unique art in a historical perspective.

Contact:

International Mozarteum Foundation,
Schwarzstrasse 26, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria
Tel. 0043 / 662 / 88940, Fax 0043 / 662 / 88940 50,
Homepage: www.mozarteum.at

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