Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Incantato Tips: Mozart's residences in Austria

Mozart's Birthplace, Salzburg
For 26 years, from 1747 to 1773, the Mozart family lived on the third floor of the Hagenauer House. On January 27, 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here. Even though the apartment has been converted into the most-visited museum in Austria, it still contains original rooms and memorabilia from the Mozart family. Aside from documents, most of the portraits painted during Mozart's lifetime are also still here, including the unfinished oil painting "Mozart at the Piano" painted in 1789. Other exhibits include Mozart's child violin, his concert violin, his clavichord, the harpsichord, as well as letters from the Mozart family.

Mozart's Residence, Salzburg
In 1773, the Mozart family moved to a different house in Salzburg because it was more spacious. W. A. Mozart lived here until 1781, when he left to live in Vienna. This residence, which has also been converted into a museum, features original documents and portraits documenting the history of the house and the Mozart family. It was here that Mozart's compositions during the Salzburg years were written. Special attractions include Mozart's original fortepiano and the famous family portrait in the "Dance-Master's Salon".

Mozart House, Vienna 
Of the dozen different addresses Mozart lived at during his time in Vienna, only one has remained to this day. Domgasse 5, the apartment's street address, is where Mozart lived longer than anywhere else in Austria's capital, namely from 1784 to 1787. It was a splendid residence with four large rooms, two small ones, and a kitchen that today display the life and works of the famous composer. During his time at Domgasse 5, Mozart was a celebrated composer and enjoyed a high point in his creativity and popularity. It was here that he wrote some of his best compositions, including what is perhaps his most popular opera, The Marriage of Figaro

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