Posted by: rbbadger | July 3, 2011

Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756-1791) was born in Salzburg.  He never had much love for his hometown.  In life, his hometown never really embraced him.  However, in death, Salzburg has done everything possible to promote the man and his work.

The leading Mozart society is the Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg.  Their website, in both German and English, is chock full of Mozartiana.  There is an extensive photo gallery and quite a few other features.  Unlike one of my other favourite music sites, the National Frederic Chopin Institute , there aren’t sound files.  The Chopin Institute has the entire work of Chopin online, played on pianos from the 1840s.  In addition, the Neue Mozart Ausgabe (New Mozart Edition), is available online for free download in a series of .pdf files. 

The Mozarteum also administers two Mozart museums, namely the birthplace of Mozart as well as the house to which has family moved later on.  They have also produced an informative video about their activities.

Of course, not everybody is as enthralled with Mozart as some tend to be.  The prominent British music journalist Norman Lebrecht has written a few articles on Mozart, one of which is entitled “Too Much Mozart Makes You Sick”.

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