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 Â»child prodigyÂ« could have been invented for him. Endless volumes have
been written about the composer and even today thereâ€˜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 Â»The Marriage of FigaroÂ«, 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.