27 January 2013, at Mozart’s resting place

Des cloches aux sons clairs annonçaient ta naissance
          Les chemins son fleuris et les palmes s’avancent
                Vers toi…  

At Mozart's resting place, 27 January 2013 - copyright Merisi - 2

At Mozart’s resting place, “les chemins sont fleuris”… 

The roses are frozen, yet they seem alive, for they are a gift of the heart. 

Close to the angel, near a tree, a silhouette stands in silence. She came all the way here in high snow and freezing air, just so she could bring home the memory of this day. She remained close to Mozart for a while, closer than any of us could get on his Birth Day… she locked the precious images inside her camera… then she left. The silence stayed. 

Thank you, Merisi! Through your pictures, I was able to be there, too!

Thank you for the moving emotion!  

At Mozart's resting place, 27 January 2013 - copyright Merisi - 1

© Images Merisi – viennaforbeginners.com – Used with permission by the owner

Click on the pictures to read Merisi’s beautiful homage to Mozart, on his birthday!

“Des cloches aux sons clairs…” – Un soir, par Guilllaume Apollinaire 


Happy Birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756 and left our world on 5 December 1791. Thirty five years was the time on earth of this wonderful child of humanity. God loved him too much and called him back. The angel who lightened our life returned to heaven. His body rests in the peace of the St Marx Cemetery, but his kind and generous soul, his free spirit, his tremendous genius will live eternally through his divine Music… 

Thank you, Mozart, for the gift of your beautiful music!… Eternal gratitude, flowers and tears… a moving homage carrying within it all the loving thoughts which wend your way today and for ever…  

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - 1780

Leopold Mozart from Salzburg, 9 February 1756  

“… on January 27, at 8 pm, my wife fortunately gave birth to our son. Praise God, at this moment both mother and son are alright. We have named the boy Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgang Gottlieb.”   

Mozarts Geburtshaus on Getreidegasse in Salzburg - Mozart was born here on 27 January 1756

Vienna, 16 October 1762   

“The order to go to the Court arrived immediately after it was known we had arrived in Vienna. We were received with such extraordinary kindness by their majesties that if ever I tell them about it, people will say I have made it all up. Suffice it to say that Wolferl jumped up into the empress’ lap, grabbed her round the neck and kissed her right and proper. In short, we were with her from 3 till 6, and the emperor himself came in from the next room and took me to hear the infant play the violin.” 

Mozart in Schonbrunn, playing at Court - 1762

 Paris, 1 February 1764   

“You can easily imagine, then, how impressed and amazed were these French people, who are so infatuated with the customs of their court, when the king’s daughters stopped stock still not only in their apartments but in the public gallery when they say my children and approached them…  But the most extraordinary thing of all in the eyes of these French people was that at the grand couvert after nightfall on New Year’s Day, not only was it necessary to make room for us all to go up to high table, but my Herr Wolfgangus was privileged to stand next to the queen, speaking to her constantly, entertaining her, repeatedly kissing her hands and consuming the dishes that she handed him from the table.”  

Paris, 1 February 1764  

“4 sonatas by Monsieur Wolfgang Mozart are currently being engraved. Just imagine the stir that these sonatas will make in the world when it says on the title-page that they are the work of a 7-year-old child. You’ll hear in due course how good these sonatas are; one of them has an Andante in a very unusual style. And I can tell you that every day God works new wonders through this child. He is always accompanying other performers at public concerts. He even transposes the arias while accompanying them a prima vista; and everywhere people place Italian and French works before him that he has no difficulty in sight-reading.”  

Leopold Mozart with  Wolfgang and Maria Anna - 1763 Paris

London, 28 May 1764  

“The kindness with which both their majesties – the king as well as the queen – received us is indescribable. Their common touch and friendly manner allowed us to forget that they were the king and queen of England; we have been received at every court with extraordinary courtesy, but the welcome that we were given here surpasses all the others . All will be well as long as we stay healthy with God’s help and if He keeps our invincible Wolfgang in good health. The king gave him not only works by Wagenseil to play, but also Bach, Abel and Haendel, all of which  he rattled off prima vista. He played the king’s organ so well that everyone rates his organ playing far higher than his harpsichord playing. He then accompanied the queen in an aria that she sang and a flautist in a solo. Finally he took the violin part in some Haendel arias and played the most beautiful melody over the simple bass, so that everyone was utterly astonished. In a word, what he knew when we left Salzburg is a mere shadow of what he knows now. You can’t imagine it.”  

Mozart - 1763 Salzburg

Munchen, 15 November 1766  

“God – who has been far too good to me, a miserable sinner – has bestowed such talents on my children that, apart from my duty as a father, they alone would spur me on to sacrifice everything to their decent education.Every moment I lose is lost for ever. And if I ever knew how valuable time is for young people, I know it now. You know that my children are used to work: if – on the excuse that one thing prevents another – they were to get used to hours of idleness, my entire edifice would collapse; custom is an iron shirt. And you yourself know how much my children, especially Wolfgangerl, have to learn. But who knows what’s being planned for us on our return to Salzburg? Perhaps we’ll be received in such a way that we’ll be only too pleased to shoulder our bundles and go on our way. But, God willing, I shall at least be bringing my children to their fatherland; if they are not wanted, it won’t be my fault; but people won’t get them for nothing.”   

Mozart child - painted by Greuze

Vienna, 30 January 1768  

“Now, in order to convince the public of what is involved here, I decided on a completely exceptional course of action, namely, to get him to write an opera for the theatre. And what kind of an uproar do you think immediately arose among these composers?… What? Today we are to see a Gluck and tomorrow a boy of 12 sitting at the harpsichord and conducting his own opera?… Yes, despite all those who envy him! I’ve even won Gluck over to our side…”   

Wolfgang child - 1770

Vienna, 30 July 1768  

“His Grace has no liars, charlatans and swindlers in his service who with his prior knowledge and gracious permission go to other towns and like conjurors throw dust in people’s eyes; no, they are honest men who to the honour of their prince and their country announce to the world a miracle that God allowed to see the light of day in Salzburg. I owe it to the Almighty God to see this through, otherwise I’d be the most thankless of creatures: and if it were ever my duty to convince the world of this miracle, it is now, when people are ridiculing all that is called a miracle and denying all such miracles. And so they have to be convinced: and was it not a great joy and a great triumph for me to hear a Voltairean say to me in amazement: ‘For once in my life I have seen a miracle; it is the first!’”  

Mozart Family Portrait


Salzburg - Altstadt


1756 Calendar

Mozart Week 2013

Mozart Woche 2013

“Each year around the time of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s birth in January, the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg hosts the Mozart Week with opera performances and orchestral, chamber, and soloist concerts. World-renowned Mozart interpreters, orchestras, and ensembles are responsible for the unparalleled reputation of this unique event. This week of concerts, which was first held in 1956, invites visitors from around the world to rediscover Mozart’s works from ever-changing perspectives and to hear them afresh.” 

On January 26, one day before Wolfgang’s birthday, the MOZART RESIDENCE in Makartplatz will open its door to visitors eager to see a special exhibition:  


Portrayals between wishful thinking and reality 

Exhibition in the Mozart Residence, Makartplatz 8, 26 January – 14 April 2013

The exhibition Mozart Pictures – Pictures of Mozart organized by the Mozarteum Foundation presents the most important historical portraits of the composer. The preparations for this exhibition have produced some sensational findings, of which the identification of a portrait as an original image of Mozart. Quite different than our own image of the great composer! 


The portrait is likely to have been painted in 1783, thus represents Mozart at 27 years old, in a time when he was already living in Vienna. It is a miniature painting on ivory, in a brass frame beneath glass, inset in a snuff box. It is supposed to be a work of Grassi, as Mozart and the painter met in Vienna. It is the only portrait on which, since 1781 until his death in 1791, Mozart is shown facing the observer. 

W.A. Mozart, 1782-1783, Vienna

And there are new things to be found out about the Mozart – Lange portrait, the one which Constanze Mozart, on Vincent Novello’s request, pointed out as having the greatest similarity to the original 🙂 For more details visit Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg.

Mozarts Geburtshaus on Getreidegasse in Salzburg - Mozart was born here on 27 January 1756

Mozarts Geburtshaus 3

Mozarts Geburtshaus, the house in which Mozart was born on 27 January 1756, on Getreidegasse, is now one of the most frequently visited museums in the world. The exhibition, which spreads over three floors, carries the visitors into Wolfgang’s world, telling when he began to make music, who his friends and patrons were, how the relationship with his family looked like, how strong was his passion for the opera… Here can be seen portraits, original manuscripts and documents, as well as personal objects and musical instruments on which he has played: his childhood violin and the clavichord on which he composed a few of his wonderful works.

Mozarts Wohnhaus

Entrance in Mozart's House 2

Mozart statue

In Makartplatz there is Mozarts Wohnhaus, the residence where Mozart lived between 1773 and 1781 (the year when he left for Vienna). The building was severely damaged in the Second World War’s bombings, but it was faithfully reconstructed and today hosts the second important Mozart museum in Salzburg. 

Mozartswohnhaus Salzburg - Tanzmeistersaal

In the spacious rooms visitors can see portraits and original documents, manuscripts of Mozart’s works from the Salzburg years, Wolfgang’s original fortepiano, as well as the famous Family Portrait in the Master’s Dance Hall (Tanzmeistersaal)

Mozart Family Portrait

Salzburg is a city of music: during the year extraordinary performances take place in churches, in palaces, in concert halls… Salzburger Schlosskonzerte is one of the biggest musical events in the world: the concerts take place in the marble hall of the Mirabell Palace, there where, in another time, young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played himself! 

Salzburg Mirabell Schlosskonzerte

On Mozart Week, or whenever you are in Salzburg, give yourself the joy of discovering the beauties of a city whose cultural, historical and memorial values have always been respected by its rulers and inhabitants! 

Salzburg - Altstadt 2

Salzburg - Altstadt

Salzburg - Historical City - Altstadt

Salzburg 3

Vienna 2013: A Happy Beginning! Prosit Neujahr!

“It’s not music who serves me, it is I who serve music. Today there is too much show going on and I don’t like it. This orchestra values more, and plays better when the conductor is not grimacing all the time. 

The members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are endowed with great joy and an incredible instinct to play this music at the highest level. 

I love the human voice, for me no other instrument is more beautiful. And this orchestra breathes together with the singer. 

I love my profession, but I think life is more beautiful when you cultivate and cherish your relations and special moments. 

I am not a city person, I love nature, I climb mountains, I read, and those activities need time. You cannot conduct Dvorjak’s Fifth Symphony if you don’t know the Czech forests. 

I don’t feel like I have chosen music, I feel I was chosen by music. 

Thus a career is born, but the most important thing is to rejoice in music.” 

Franz Welser-Möst

Conductor, General Music Director Vienna Staatsoper, Music Director Cleveland Orchestra 

(from the interview broadcast by the National Romanian Television on January 1st, 2013, after the Vienna New Year’s Concert 2013 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Franz Welser-Möst

Image from Vienna New Year’s Concert 2013 

Franz Welser-Möst - Vienna New Year's Concert 2013

On 1 January 2013, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has interpreted the New Year’s Concert under the baton of Maestro Franz Welser-Möst. Just like on the first day of 2011, the Austrian conductor has opened the door to a magical world in which our spirit was free to travel at will, enjoying the superb interpretation, the talent and professionalism of the Viennese musicians, the classic, majestic ambience of the magnificent Goldener Saal of the Musikverein, the images of the memory of a glorious cultural past which has spread Vienna’s fame in the entire world. In this privileged place, in the harmonies of the music from the beginning of a year, watching Franz Welser-Möst I perceived in the elegance of his apparition a moving mozartian air. The conductor strongly reminded of the time of glory of a Vienna which had fallen in love with the music of the young son of Salzburg, newly arrived in golden concert halls to raise the music of the world at supreme altitudes. The Linz-born musician has evoked Wagner and Verdi through the program of the Concert, but I missed the accords from the symphonies of the child who had raised to the heights of his genius. I rejoiced in the feeling of music, but I also felt nostalgia: on the first day of a new year I missed Mozart! The entire concert was a ritual fairy tale of Music, under the magic hands of a high attitude conductor! I look forward to a New Year’s Concert in which Franz Welser-Möst will evoke Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Franz Welser-Moest    Mozart - portrait painted by Barbara Kraft in 1819, under the supervision of Nannerl Mozart - 1
    Mozart - unauthenticated portrait    Mozart - The Hagenauer portrait - 1783, Vienna, authenticated for The Mozarteum in 2008 - 2
(Photos copyright Franz Welser-Möst – images of Mozart taken from the internet)
(Excerpts from the interview translated from Romanian subtitles to English)

The Morning of a New Year

The first morning of a new year… Light of commencement, hopes and dreams born in fireworks, thoughts of love for loved ones, wishes of good for those in whose soul Good speaks and Beauty sings…  A new year’s ephemeral morning, with Bach’s eternal music… 

“It may be that when the angels go about their task praising God, they play only Bach. I am sure, however, that when they are together en famille they play Mozart” (Karl Barth)   

Austrian Morning