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MOZART IN VIENNA

A WALK ACROSS THE INNER CITY ON THE TRAILS OF THE MUSIC GENIUS

The Salzburg-born Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is undoubtedly the most significant composer who can be associated with Vienna. In his comparatively short life (1756-91) he composed an impressive quantity of works across such a broad range of formats, including symphonies, operas and concertos. Having toured much of Europe by the age of eight, the expression »child prodigy« could have been invented for him. Endless volumes have been written about the composer and even today there‘s no escaping his image, from confectionery (Mozartkugeln) to ticket touts dressed in the flamboyant style he would have recognised.

Mozart came to Vienna in 1781 after a summon from his employer, the Arch-bishop of Salzburg, Count Colloredo. Within three months he had resigned from his post as a court organist to the archbishop but decided to stay in Vienna and become the first composer to be self-employed. He experienced his most productive years here and occupied fourteen addresses across the city, only one of which is still standing (Mozarthaus Vienna).

Get with me on the trails of Mozart straight through the inner city and visit with me the place, where Constanze and he entered into the bond of marriage, where he got the boot from the princely Archbishop or where he composed »The Marriage of Figaro«, an opera, which went to be the first of three collaborations between Mozart and the Venetian opera librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Duration: as desired. Admission fees not included.

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