‘Was soll ich die Musen…’

The first performance in Prague of “Le Nozze di Figaro” in Mozart’s presence took place on 17 January 1787, followed by a second performance on 22 January with the composer conducting. On their superb scholarly site “Mozart: New Documents”, Dexter Edge and David Black present a document dated 18 January 1787: a notice from The Oberdeutsche Staatszeitung (edited by Lorenz Hübner), stating that through a poem and two letters (one signed by the entire Prague Orchestra) Mozart was invited to come to Prague to see the “Figaro” which had already been acclaimed there a number of times in the end of 1786. Visit the site to read the excellent research in its entirety, and see the document : 

https://sites.google.com/site/mozartdocuments/documents/1787-01-18

Dexter Edge & David Black – 18 January 1787, Mozart’s invitation to Prague

“The first performances of Le nozze di Figaro in Prague took place in late autumn 1786. The precise date of the Prague premiere is unknown, but the first report on the opera in the Prager Oberpostamtzeitung on 12 Dec 1786 states that it had already been given a number of times (“einigemal”) by that point.

That same report cites a rumor that Mozart himself might come to Prague to see the production.

The new document transcribed here, from the Salzburg newspaper Oberdeutsche Staatszeitung, states that Mozart had been sent a poem and two letters, one signed by the entire Prague orchestra, inviting him to come to Prague to see the production. The content of the report closely mirrors Leopold Mozart’s letter to his daughter of 12 Jan 1787, six days earlier:

“Your brother will now be in Prague with his wife, for he wrote me that he would depart for there this past Monday [8 Jan]. His opera Le nozze di Figaro has been performed with such acclaim there, that the orchestra and a group of great connoisseurs and amateurs wrote him a letter of invitation, and sent a poem that had been written about him. I have it from your brother, and Count Starhemberg has received it from Prague. I will send it to you on the next post day. Mme. Duschek is going to Berlin, and the story that your brother will travel to England is repeatedly confirmed from Vienna, from Prague, and from Munich.”

The poem that accompanied the invitation to Prague was written by doctor and amateur actor Anton Daniel Breicha: “An Mozart bey Gelegenheit der Vorstellung der Oper le nozze di Figaro” (Dokumente, 248–49), first published as an individual sheet (a copy of which had been sent to Mozart and evidently also to Starhemberg), and subsequently printed in the anthology Blumen, Blümchen und Blätter edited by Johann Dionys John  (John 1787, 15–17).” 

Dexter Edge & David Black, eds., Mozart: New Documents, “18 January 1787 – Mozart’s invitation to Prague,” first published 13 May 2015, updated 2 Nov 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.7302/Z20P0WXJ

And here is the poem…

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“Was soll ich die Musen, begeistert von Dir,  

Um Beystand beschwören? Sey Muse du mir!  

Sey Du mir des Pindus beauschende Quelle!  

Ich hört’ Dich, melodischer Denker, und priess      

Dein Schopfertalent, und in’s Wonnermeer riss

Mich bald der empfindungen mächtigste Welle.

Zwar rollen bey Deinem Getöne nicht Wald,

Nicht Felsen herbey; nicht fabelhaft hallt

Dein sprechendes Spiel dem gefrässigen Tiger.

Doch bist Du der Fühlenden Orpheus mehr,

Bist Herrscher der Seelen, Dir fröhnt das Gehör

Der Kinder, der Mädchen, der Männer, der Krieger. 

Wenn Liebe Dein schmelzendes Saitenspiel tönt,

Sucht trunken der Jüngling sein Liebchen, und stöhnt,

Und heftiger hämmert der Busen dem Liebchen.

Sie winkt den Geliebten zum Göttergenuss,

Und mit in Dein Saitenspiel lispelt ein Kuss

Von Lippen des Jünglings, von Lippen des Liebchen…” 

Anton Daniel BreichaAN MOZART, Bey Vostellung seiner Oper: Figaro. 1785.  

(Transcription from Georg Nissen’s “Biografie Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts”

 

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Blumen, Blümchen und Blätter

Stat eines Prager Musenalmanachs 

Prag und Wien, 1787 

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Odihnindu-se în pace…

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“Dragul meu tată!

– în acest moment am primit o veste care mă întristează foarte mult – cu atât mai mult cu cât din ultima dumitale scrisoare am putut să presupun că te simți, slavă Domnului, foarte bine; – Dar acum aflu că ești cu adevărat bolnav! nu trebuie să-ți mai spun cât de mult tânjesc să primesc o veste consolatoare din partea dumitale; și o sper cu putere – deși mi-am făcut obiceiul să-mi imaginez întotdeauna și în toate privințele tot ceea ce poate fi mai rău – din moment ce moartea (când o luăm în considerare îndeaproape) este adevăratul scop al vieții noastre, mie de câțiva ani într-atât mi-a devenit de cunoscut acest sincer și foarte bun prieten al oamenilor, încât chipul lui nu mai are nimic înfricoșător pentru mine, ci mai degrabă îmi aduce liniște și  consolare! și îi mulțumesc dumnezeului meu că mi-a acordat prilejul (dumneata știi ce vreau să spun) de a înțelege că moartea este cheia care deschide ușa spre adevărata noastră fericire. – nu mă culc niciodată în patul meu fără a cugeta că aș putea (oricât de tânăr sunt) să nu mai fiu a doua zi – și nu există nici un om dintre cei ce mă cunosc care să poată spune că aș fi posac sau trist în relațiile mele – și pentru această binecuvântare îi mulțumesc zilnic Creatorului meu și o doresc din inimă fiecărui seamăn al meu…”

Viena, 4 aprilie 1787 

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“Mon tres cher père!

– diesen augenblick höre ich eine Nachricht, die mich sehr niederschlägt – um so mehr als ich aus ihrem lezten vermuthen konnte, daß sie sich gottlob recht wohl befinden; – Nun höre aber daß sie wirklich krank seÿen! wie sehnlich ich einer Tröstenden Nachricht von ihnen selbst entgegen sehe, brauche ich ihnen doch wohl nicht zu sagen; und ich hoffe es auch gewis – obwohlen ich es mir zur gewohnheit gemacht habe mir immer in allen Dingen das schlimste vorzustellen – da der Tod |: genau zu nemen : | der wahre Endzweck unsers Lebens ist, so habe ich mich seit ein Paar Jahren mit diesem wahren, besten Freunde des Menschen so bekannt gemacht, daß sein Bild nicht allein nichts schreckendes mehr für mich hat, sondern recht viel beruhigendes und tröstendes! und ich danke meinem gott, daß er mir das glück gegönnt hat mir die gelegenheit |: sie verstehen mich : | zu verschaffen, ihn als den schlüssel zu unserer wahren Glückseligkeit kennen zu lernen. – ich lege mich nie zu bette ohne zu bedenken, daß ich vielleicht |: so Jung als ich bin : | den andern Tag nicht mehr seÿn werde – und es wird doch kein
Mensch von allen die mich kennen sagn können daß ich im Umgange mürrisch oder traurig wäre – und für diese glückseeligkeit danke ich alle Tage meinem Schöpfer u wünsche sie vom Herzen Jedem meiner Mitmenschen…”

Wien 4. April 1787

“Dearest father!
This very moment I have received some news which greatly distresses me – the more so as I gathered from your last letter that, thank God, you were very well; – But now I hear that you are really ill! I hardly need to tell you how eagerly I look forward to some reassuring news from you; and I hope for it – although I have now made a habit of being prepared for the worst in all affairs of life – as death (when we come to consider it closely) is the true goal of our existence, I have during the last few years come so know so well this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is rather very calming and consoling! and I thank my God for granting me the opportunity (you know what I mean) of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness. – I never lie down at night without reflecting that (young as I am) I may not live to see another day – and there is no one of those who know me who could say that in company I am sullen or sad – and for this blessing I thank my Creator every day and wish it from my heart to each one of my fellow men…”
Vienna, 4 April 1787
Source of German transcription: Ludwig Nohl
Source of English translation: Emily Anderson (slightly modified)
Source of image of excerpts from Mozart’s letter: The Berlin Staatsbibliothek.
Many thanks to Dr Michael Lorenz for the information that the digitized document is actually a copy dating from around 1850, in the handwriting of Ludwig von Köchel!

Mozart a parcurs drumul și ne lasă muzica…

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“S-a spus de multe ori că miracolul lui Mozart ca muzician constă în această perfecțiune a formei pe care n-o găsești dacă aspiri la ea, dacă lași să se vadă efortul, chiar eroic, căutarea, chiar nobilă; da, Mozart este un moștenitor și cu el se desăvârșește o civilizație a muzicii, ale cărei rezultate savante și artificii sfinte el le rezumă cu o naivitate intactă și o simplitate divină; da, Mozart poartă în el, înnăscut, geniul experienței; prin natură, întreaga cultură; geniul său îl condamnă la perfecțiune: și se știe cum ne-o dă, supraabundent. Unui om aflat din punct de vedere fizic în pragul prăbușirii, gata să se dezintegreze, o ultimă stagiune îi impune efortul incredibil a două opere, fiecare epuizând inventivitatea, prospețimea ideilor creatorului său; și totuși, în acest timp,  în subteran, un întreg Recviem își sapă calea, conducând la alte nuanțe, la un alt ton. Acest exces de sarcini, la fel de urgente, la fel de pasionante, nu apasă asupra lui Mozart decât pentru a-l obliga în sfârșit să lase ceva neterminat, pentru a-i converti viziunea la deschidere. Până acum, cu mici excepții în Don Giovanni, Mozart nu a locuit decât în universul închis și binecuvântat al formelor, și doar melancolia muzicii sale, ea însăși acoperită cu vălul Maiei și ademenindu-ne cu frumusețea sa, dezvăluie strigătul sufletului. Dar iată că vălul se rupe. Titus și Flautul sunt creații ale secolului lor, ale lumii noastre, terminate, închise; dacă ceva evocă aici o lume de dincolo, nu e nici virtutea sublimă a unui suveran, cu atât mai puțin înțelepciunea preoților sau riturile lor; toate acestea mai degrabă ar reconforta și împăca – dar numai durerea. În vocea Vitelliei, a Paminei, durerea sfâșie vălul. Tot ce e strigăt al inimii la Mozart, fie că-l încredințează unui clarinet, unei viole sau unei voci de femeie, doar asta deschide către o altă lume și o reflectă deja cu această blândețe excesivă, care disperă și totodată consolează. Înainte de Recviem însă, nu există la Mozart muzică din altă lume, care să te smulgă din lumea aceasta. Neterminarea Recviemului nu înseamnă că moartea i-a smuls pana lui Mozart din mână înainte de a scrie muzica pentru cor ca să-l încheie; înseamnă că Mozart, cu pana în mână, pătrunde în sfârșit în propria lume de dincolo. Copil fiind, a văzut picturile de pe tavanul Capelei Sixtine; imaginea lor pune din nou stăpânire pe el, eclipsează, aneantizează aceste frumoase spații albe și aurii ale barocului pe unde trec atât de frumoși îngeri manieriști, purtători ai vreunei vești teribile. Până acum Mozart n-a scris decât muzică, dar muzică perfectă. Iată sunetul instantaneu: un sunet pur, erupție a materiei, ca un scandal. Tuba mirum spargens sonum. Sunetul acestei tube nu trezește nici un fel de admirație, cum s-ar traduce prost din latină; el uimește și dezrădăcinează, el expatriază; credeam că locuim în peisajul nostru uman, iată exodul. Astfel și culoarea, într-un tablou, pură erupție și prezență, trimite în zădărnicie tot ce se credea formă. În fața unui asemenea sunet, vocile noastre își inventează o declamație înfricoșată, haotică, pe care Mozart nu ne-a făcut niciodată s-o ascultăm. Aici Mozart intră în celălalt secol al său și ne lasă să înțelegem cine ar fi fost dacă s-ar fi născut în vremea și în spațiul lui Beethoven, în loc să se lupte de unul singur pentru ca apariția celor ca Beethoven să fie posibilă. O frescă prinde viață, prezențe redutabile își găsesc relieful, gestul. Mozart locuiește în ceea ce Kant al Criticii facultății de judecare, contemporanul său, numea peisajul Frumosului, unde totul e reconciliere, integrare, acord al universului cu fiecare; iată-l transpus în Sublim; mai mult cer înstelat ca să ne spună și norma și forma; mai mult din numărul de aur pentru ca cel mai adevărat să fie în același timp și cel mai frumos. Mozart nu intră în nedesăvârșit, ci în nedesăvârșibil; altă lume pentru altă artă; Deschisul. Recviemul este pragul unei cu totul alte inițieri decât aceea, foarte comună, care dintr-un ucenic face un maestru. Rilke a spus-o: “Cumplit e orișice înger.” Acestui mesager pe care-l evocă legenda trebuie să i se redea numele, etimologic și totodată rilkian: Îngerul. 

Recviemul nu se termină, iar Mozart se împlinește. Astfel, și asta purta în el: o izbândă a finisării și izbânda contrară; omul care se simte în largul său în trestia lui finită și omul demn în același timp de Dumnezeu, cum spune Pascal, sau demn de infinit, cum arată Mozart. Ritmul nebunesc, halucinant din Dies irae nu ar putea fi decât al lui Mozart, dar nu seamănă cu nimic din ce-a făcut Mozart, deși spaimele din Idomeneo și angoasele din Don Giovanni au pregătit pentru asta; și clarinete, oboaie și chiar corni, Mozart ni le-a făcut de neuitat în aceste aparteuri sau aceste dialoguri care sunt întreaga viață a concertelor sale. Dar acest sunet brusc, pur și care umple spațiul, ne trimite în același timp la elementar și la final, și, pentru a ne apăra de acest lucru, recurgerea la forme nu înseamnă nimic. Nu știu dacă marea suferință ne face mai buni, spune Nietzsche, dar sunt sigur că ne face mai profunzi. Chiar în clipa când se aude acest sunet care e stupoare (și chiar Mozartea, de îndată, stupebit), iată-l pe Mozart fără moștenire; și muzica a sfârșit-o cu Vechiul său Regim; un nou testament nu se scrie, iar cel vechi e perimat; există Arcadii unde nu vom mai dormi. Ce contează că Mozart nu a terminat? Cu totul altceva îi spune, ne spune Recviemul lui: Ascultați-mă altfel; folosiți acele urechi pe care le-a deschis în voi acest sunet teribil; și-l veți auzi cu totul altfel chiar și pe Mozart cel considerat cunoscut și desăvârșit; aceeași lume de dincolo, ascultați-o în prezent în Cosi fan tutte și adierile sale, în cvintete; acest sunet teribil, învățați să ascultați cât a costat ca să faci din el o melodie și o vrajă care ne surâd în Contesă, în Cherubino; ascultați-o pe Barbarina pe înserate, care n-a făcut decât să piardă un ac și al cărei suflet plânge. Mi-am pus jos pana, dar mi-am lansat săgeata și mă aveți pentru totdeauna în inimă, statornic și amical, Înger eu însumi. 

Miracolul lui Mozart: muzica sa se topește pur și simplu în sufletele noastre, dar și în simțurile noastre, mai întâi; în mod imperceptibil sensibilă (și chiar senzuală) și spirituală; astfel ne amintim că de la simțuri la suflet drumul nu e așa de lung, nici interdicția atât de severă. Doar Mozart, de la greci încoace, ne spune: Simțurile nu-ți sunt blestemate, sufletul nu ți se află în exil. Voce pentru sufletul cel mai rezervat, Mozart e înainte de orice binecuvântare, acest frison resimțit pe piele; concret și celest; bun-venit celui sociabil ca și celui solitar; sociabil pentru cel solitar. O, Înger! 

Averi i-au alunecat printre degete, funcțiile pe care le merită de o sută de ori ajung la alții – astfel el rămâne ca și noi: un om strâmtorat. Ni-l imaginăm pe Mozart înstărit? Căpătuit? Proprietar? Sau încărcat de ani și de onoruri și un tânăr spunându-i: tată, cum i-a spus el lui Haydn. El n-a venit pe lume ca să se îmbogățească pe sine, ci pe noi. Dacă se supără, întrerupându-se din cântat pentru că nimeni nu-l ascultă, e din cauză că nu trebuie risipită apa pură într-o lume care piere de sete. El nu este acest tânăr Iosif pe care Thomas Mann ni-l arată sub clar de lună felicitându-se pentru alegerea sa. Din copilărie se pregătește să fie Iosif, tatăl adoptiv, cel care va avea grijă de dezmoșteniții ce vor veni și acumulează, timp de șapte ani bogați, o adevărată comoară muzicală. 

N-a trebuit decât să cânte, ne spune Richard Strauss, iar sufletul omenesc, al cărui mister îl duce la disperare pe filozof, s-a arătat. Ideea de sunet a devenit sunet, ideea de perfecțiune, perfecțiune. Mozart a venit, iar noi știm ce este sufletul. Aflat departe din străfundul timpurilor, acesta a reușit aspirația milenară de a fi propriu-i trup. Favoare acordată nouă: această mediere cerească, pentru a se împlini, a ales muzica! Un sculptor ar fi transpus-o în marmură; am fi crezut în veșnicia ei, în loc să învățăm din surâsul frumos al muzicii, în acea clipă, să dorim veșnicia pe care o reflectă. Astfel supranaturalul a încercat naturalul, pentru a putea locui printre noi. Mozart a parcurs drumul și ne lasă muzica.” 

Andre Tubeuf : Mozart, chemins et chants 

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6 Decembrie 1791

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“Actele de divorț dintre lume și
geniu au fost depuse
în groapa comună a cimitirului
din Viena
unde, spre gloria ei, lumea
l-a aruncat pe Mozart
sub varul septic
al uitării din urmă.
Și de atunci scena
se tot repetă.

Scriind pentru lume a sfârșit
prin a scrie
pentru îngeri.
Ca să înspăimânți
mediocritatea
e destul să
rostești: “Mozart!”

Între dionisiac
și apolinic, Flautul
și Recviemul,
ultimul fruct
depus în coșul
culegătorului.
Viața alege
dintotdeauna
parfumul
opusului ei.
Raiul îndoliat
la care bate Mozart
tânăr
ținând în
mâna sa de dantele
tremurânde
ultima Operă.

A sosit noaptea,
Mozart…”

Claudiu Iordache
Volumul de poezie “Nervurile transparenței”, 2012

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Lacrimosa dies illa
Qua resurget ex favilla
Judicandus homo reus.
Huic ergo parce, Deus:
Pie Jesu Domine,
Dona eis requiem.
Amen. 

Requiem aeternam

5 Decembrie 1791

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“Este 5 decembrie. De 225 de ani omenirea așteaptă să te întorci. Muzica ta a supraviețuit și va supraviețui. Dar ne e dor de inima ta vie, de sufletul luminat de un sentiment dumnezeiesc al armoniei! Căci ai fost darul Lui, și puțini dintre noi au înțeles…

Tu, Mozart, sfâșietoare lumină a întunericului ce ne înconjoară! În parcul tău cernit frunzele iernii îți șoptesc numele. Este 5 decembrie. O liniște senină care a înnoptat pe cer până când lumea a aflat cu disperare că te-a pierdut pentru totdeauna! Dacă am putea învia prin dragostea noastră ființa ta fragilă, pentru a ne surâde din nou, o, Mozart care dormi regal în sufletul nostru! Dacă ne-ai putea auzi durerea de a te ști chemat pentru totdeauna acolo unde numai îngerii te mai ascultă, înfiorați! O, Mozart, e noapte, deplina noapte înaltă într-o zi de 5 decembrie! Zi în care și tu și noi am murit puțin…

Mozart… Mozart… Mozart… ecou ceresc al fiului omenirii…”

Claudiu Iordache 

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Als Luise… on a 27 January 2016 in the Tanzmeistersaal

“the 26th.
A Song – Als Luise die Briefe ihres ungetreuen Liebhabers verbrannte”
It is Mozart’s entry in his hand-written Catalogue of Works, on a 26th of May 1787. 

On the score, in his handwriting: “The 26th of May 1787 Landstrasse”, on the top left-hand corner of the first page – in the top right-hand corner he signed with “W.A. Mozart / in Herr Gottfried von Jacquin’s room”. 

Happiness is… to hear your own mezzo voice singing ‘Als Luise’ in the Tanzmeistersaal, on a 27 January 2016… ❤ 

Salzburg 131 - Happiness is... to hear your own mezzo voice singing 'Als Luise' in the Tanzmeistersaal, Mozart Wohnhaus, on a 27 January

Erzeugt von heisser Phantasie…  

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Erzeugt von heißer Phantasie,
In einer schwärmerischen Stunde
Zur Welt gebrachte! Geht zu Grunde!
Ihr Kinder der Melancholie!

Ihr danket Flammen euer Sein,
Ich geb’ euch nun den Flammen wieder,
Und all’ die schwärmerischen Lieder;
Denn ach! – er sang nicht mir allein.

Ihr brennet nun, und bald, ihr Lieben,
Ist keine Spur von euch mehr hier:
Doch ach! der Mann, der euch geschrieben,
Brennt lange noch vielleicht in mir.

(Gabriele von Baumberg)

Conceived of fervent fantasy,
Brought into the world
in an hour of rapture! Perish!
You, children of melancholy!

You owe to passion’s flames your being:
To the flames I now return you
with all the songs of ecstasy,
for alas! not to me alone he sang them.

You burn now, and soon, my loves,
no trace of you will remain:
but alas! the man who wrote you
may long still burn within me. 

“Mozart allowed himself to be inspired by poems he came across by chance or to which friends drew his attention or which seemed appropriate for a particular occasion. Thje text of the song ‘Als Luise die Briefe ihres ungetreuen Liebhabers verbrannte’ beginning with the words ‘Erzeugt von heisser Phantasie’ is by Gabriele von Baumberg (1766-1839). who was regarded as the ‘Sappho of Vienna’ and as the most importaant Austrian poetess of her time. She frequented the circle surrounding the author Karoline Pichler (1769-1843) who also knew Jacquin and Mozart. Pichler refers to Baumberg’s poems as a ‘beautiful legacy left to her fatherland and one would only wish that they were better known and more vivid in the memory of today’s world, as they deserve.’ Gabriele von Baumberg’s poetry, which was published in Blumauer-Ratschky’s ‘Almanac of the Muses’ as early as 1786, has, in Mozart’s setting, achieved immortality.”

Johanna Senigl, Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg (translated by Elizabeth Mortimer) – W.A. MOZART ‘Als Luise’, Faksimile mit Edition

The facsimile of ‘Als Luise’, © Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg

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On a 27 January 2016, in Salzburg

A place where each moment of the day is marked with, and holds within it, the feeling of Mozart… A time when the dream becomes the life… In Mozart’s places of the heart. His, and mine.  

There are times when dreams come true! 

Salzburg 119 - Happiness is... to touch Mozart's fortepiano in the Tanzmeistersaal, in Mozart Wohnhaus, on a 27 January

On a 27 January, in Salzburg…

… wake up in the early morning and open the windows to the view of the Hohensalzburg Fortress, and breathe the fresh, crisp air of the mountainous hill… 

Salzburg 1 - Waking up to the view of the Salzburg Fortress

Salzburg 2 - Waking up to the view of the Salzburg Fortress

… look down on a narrow Salzburg street still asleep… and rejoice in the feeling of history wisely and wonderfully preserved for so many years… 

Salzburg 3 - looking down on a narrow Salzburg street still half asleep, and rejoicing in the feeling of history preserved for so many years

Salzburg 4 - looking down on a narrow Salzburg street still half asleep, and rejoicing in the feeling of history preserved for so many years

Salzburg 5 - looking down on a narrow Salzburg street still half asleep, and rejoicing in the feeling of history preserved for so many years

… walk through the Altstadthotel Kasererbraeu, a very fine hotel located in a 1342 building, with fresco decorated halls and gilded mirrors… 

Salzburg 6 - walking through the Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, a hotel located in a 1342 building, with fresco decorated halls and gilded mirrors

Salzburg 7 - walking through the Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, a hotel located in a 1342 building, with fresco decorated halls and gilded mirrors

Salzburg 8 - walking through the Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, a hotel located in a 1342 building, with fresco decorated halls and gilded mirrors

Salzburg 9 - walking through the Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, a hotel located in a 1342 building, with fresco decorated halls and gilded mirrors

Salzburg 10 - walking through the Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, a hotel located in a 1342 building, with fresco decorated halls and gilded mirrors

Salzburg 11 - walking through the Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, a hotel located in a 1342 building, with fresco decorated halls and gilded mirrors

Salzburg 12 - walking through the Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, a hotel located in a 1342 building, with fresco decorated halls and gilded mirrors

… have a special breakfast in a lovely space, intimate and warm as one’s home… 

Salzburg 13 - walking through the Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, a hotel located in a 1342 building, with fresco decorated halls and gilded mirrors

Salzburg 14 - breakfast in a lovely space, intimate and warm as one's home - the Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, a hotel located in a 1342 building

Salzburg 15 - breakfast in a lovely space, intimate and warm as one's home - the Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, a hotel located in a 1342 building

Salzburg 16 - breakfast in a lovely space, intimate and warm as one's home - the Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, a hotel located in a 1342 building

… go out and discover that in the morning of 27 January the clouds are giving place to the blue sky… 

Salzburg 17 - in the morning of 27 January the clouds go away

Salzburg 18 - starting my journey in the city

Salzburg 19 - starting my journey in the city

… start the journey in the city with a walk around the Salzburger Dom, feeling its magnificence in the quiet hours of the morning … 

Salzburg 21 - rejoicing in the magnificence of the Salzburger Dom

Salzburg 22 - rejoicing in the magnificence of the Salzburger Dom

Salzburg 23 - rejoicing in the magnificence of the Salzburger Dom

Salzburg 24 - rejoicing in the magnificence of the Salzburger Dom

Salzburg 25 - rejoicing in the magnificence of the Salzburger Dom

… step inside the Cathedral for a few moments of peace… 

Salzburg 26 - stepping inside the Salzburger Dom for a few moments of peace

Salzburg 27 - stepping inside the Salzburger Dom for a few moments of peace

… then walk to the left, to the baptismal font where little Wolfgang was baptised on 28 January 1756, the day after his birth, as Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, in honor of Saint John Chrysostom (the feast was universally kept in the West on 27 January until the calendar reform of 1969 – nowadays the feast day of Saint Chrysostom is celebrated on 27 January by the Eastern Orthodox Church, while the Roman Catholic Church commemorates him on 13 September) … 

Salzburg 28 - The baptismal font where little Wolfgang was baptised on 28 January 1756

Salzburg 30 - The baptismal font where little Wolfgang was baptised on 28 January 1756

Salzburg 31 - The baptismal font where little Wolfgang was baptised on 28 January 1756

Salzburg 33 - The baptismal font where little Wolfgang was baptised on 28 January 1756

Salzburg 34 - The baptismal font where little Wolfgang was baptised on 28 January 1756

Salzburg 35 - The baptismal font where little Wolfgang was baptised on 28 January 1756

Salzburg 36 - The baptismal font where little Wolfgang was baptised on 28 January 1756

Salzburg 37 - The baptismal font where little Wolfgang was baptised on 28 January 1756

Salzburg 38 - on the door of the Salzburger Dom

… pass by Mozart’s statue in Mozartplatz and greet him Good Morning on his Birthday 🙂 … 

Salzburg 20 - Good morning on a 27th of January

… cross the bridge over the peaceful water of the Salzach River … 

Salzburg 39 - Bridge over the peaceful water of the Salzach River

Salzburg 40 - Bridge over the peaceful water of the Salzach River

… reach the Mozart Wohnhaus, Mozart’s Residence, at Makartplatz 8 (Hannibalplatz in Mozart’s time), and just stay on the street for a while, immersed in the feeling of joy for being there… 

Salzburg 41 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 42 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 43 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 44 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

… spend a few moments looking at this special house in the Anniversary Year 2016, remembering its stormy history… 

Salzburg 45 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 46 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 47 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 48 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 49 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 50 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 41 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 51 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 52 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 53 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 54 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg - at Makartplatz 8, former Hannibalplatz

Salzburg 55 - The open door of Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg

Salzburg 56 - The open door of Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg

Salzburg 57 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg

Salzburg 58 - Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg

… pass through the open door and go to the garden, to the Mozarteum offices to greet two lovely ladies, Mag. Elke Tontsch and Mag. Stephanie Krenner, whom you have met one day before to offer the Mozart discs of baritone Dan Iordachescu  to the Mozarteum Foundation, to be part of the great Mozart Audio-Visual Collection … 

Salzburg 59 - With Mag. Elke Tontsch and Mag. Stephanie Krenner of the Mozarteum Foundation - At Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg

… meet Herr Josef Meingast, the tuner and caretaker of Mozart’s fortepiano for the past 40 years… 

Salzburg 60 - With Herr Josef Meingast, the tuner of Mozart's fortepiano for the past 40 years, in the Tanzmeistersaal of Mozart Wohnhaus

Salzburg 62 - With Herr Holger Maria Hummelbrunner, in the Tanzmeistersaal of Mozart Wohnhaus

… pick up the 2016 Membership Card  of the Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg… 

Salzburg 63 - My 2016 Membership Card for The Mozarteum Foundation - At Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg

… before embarking on the special tour guided by Dr. Johanna Senigl: the visit in the Autograph Vault, a place that holds and guards precious pieces of paper bearing the signs of time and the writing of Wolfgang Mozart and his family… 

Salzburg 64 - Mozart Wohnhaus - Guided tour in the Autograph Vault on a 27 January 2016 - 1

Salzburg 65 - Mozart Wohnhaus - Guided tour in the Autograph Vault on a 27 January 2016 - 2

No photos from the Manuscripts Room, only precious memories inside your heart and mind. 

The joy of visiting the Mozart Wohnhaus right on this special day ❤ … 

Salzburg 66 - Memories of a time when precious scores were kept in lovely cabinets like this one - At Mozart Wohnung Salzburg

Memories of a time when we enjoyed writing letters…

Salzburg 67 - Memories of a time when we enjoyed writing letters and receiving them - At Mozart Wohnung Salzburg

Salzburg 68 - Memories of a time when we enjoyed writing letters and receiving them - At Mozart Wohnung Salzburg

This is how tall you would have seen him if you had passed him by on the street 🙂 ❤ 

Salzburg 70 - This is how he would've looked passing me by - At Mozart Wohnung Salzburg

And then the emotion of finding yourself in the Tanzmeistersaal, the place where Wolfgang Mozart made music with his family and his friends… 

Salzburg 71 - In the Tanzmeistersaal of Mozart Wohnhaus, between fortepiano tuning and rehearsals, on a 27 January

… the feeling of pure bliss, of overwhelming joy, for sitting down in front of Mozart’s fortepiano, touching its keys, delighting in its sweet, magical sound… 

Salzburg 72 - Happiness is... to touch Mozart's fortepiano in the Tanzmeistersaal, in Mozart Wohnhaus Salzburg, on a 27 January

Salzburg 73 - Happiness is... to touch Mozart's fortepiano in the Tanzmeistersaal, in Mozart Wohnhaus Salzburg, on a 27 January

Happiness is… to touch Mozart’s fortepiano in the Tanzmeistersaal, in Mozart’s Residence in Salzburg, on a 27 January 2016… 

And then… 

… take a last look around, in the Tanzmeistersaal, where everything is quiet now, before the concert… 

Salzburg 74 - Quiet time before the concert, on a 27 January - In the Tanzmeistersaal in Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg

Salzburg 75 - Quiet time before the concert, on a 27 January - In the Tanzmeistersaal in Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg

Salzburg 76 - Quiet time before the concert, on a 27 January - In the Tanzmeistersaal in Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg

… and a last look outside…

Salzburg 77 - Quiet time before the concert, on a 27 January - Looking out the window of the Tanzmeistersaal in Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg

Salzburg 78 - Quiet time before the concert, on a 27 January - Looking out the window of the Tanzmeistersaal in Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg

… leave the house and look to your right, then to your left, as if you could have a glimpse of what Mozart saw when he left the house… 

Salzburg 79 - An open window of the Tanzmeistersaal in Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg - Before the concert, on a 27 January

Salzburg 80 - An open window of the Tanzmeistersaal in Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg - Before the concert, on a 27 January

Salzburg 81 - An open window of the Tanzmeistersaal in Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg - Before the concert, on a 27 January

Salzburg 82 - An open window of the Tanzmeistersaal in Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg - Before the concert, on a 27 January

Salzburg 83 - Leaving the Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg, for a break before the concert, on a 27 January

Salzburg 84 - Leaving the Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg, for a break before the concert, on a 27 January

Salzburg 85 - Leaving the Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg, for a break before the concert, on a 27 January

Salzburg 86 - Leaving the Mozart Wohnung, Salzburg, for a break before the concert, on a 27 January

… then turn around and enter the house again – because it is a good time to visit the Mozart Shop before returning to the hotel, to change into an appropriate dress for the afternoon recital… 

Salzburg 87 - The right time to enter the Mozart shop in the Mozart Wohnung - and leave with hands full of books, dvd's, posters, cards, bags etc

… take the road back with a look in the windows of a Music Shop, right after the corner – Mozart and The Mozart Week are everywhere… 

Salzburg 88 - in the window of a Music Shop in Salzburg

(… those outfits are so beautiful! …) 

Salzburg 90 - beautiful!

… then cross the Salzach River again, rejoicing in the view of the blue skies and beautiful Salzburg, on a day of 27 January 2016…  

Salzburg 91 - blue skies on a 27 January

Salzburg 92 - crossing the Salzach River on the way back to my hotel

Salzburg 93 - crossing the Salzach River on the way back to my hotel

Salzburg 94 - crossing the Salzach River on the way back to my hotel

… pass by the Mozart Statue, again… 

Salzburg 95 - Mozart Statue in Mozartplatz, Salzburg

Salzburg 96 - Mozart Statue in Mozartplatz, Salzburg

Salzburg 97 - Mozart Statue in Mozartplatz, Salzburg

Salzburg 98 - Mozart Statue in Mozartplatz, Salzburg

Salzburg 99 - Mozart Statue in Mozartplatz, Salzburg

Salzburg 100 - Smiling to a beautiful day of 27 january, near Mozart Statue in Mozartplatz, Salzburg

(smiling to a beautiful day of 27 January in just the perfect place to do this 🙂 ) 

… stop for a few moments at Mozart’s Birthplace at Getreidegasse 9 – Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus, on a day of 27 January 2016… 

Salzburg 101 - stopping for a few moments in front of Mozart's Birthhouse, at Getreidegasse 9, on a 27 January at noon

Salzburg 102 - stopping for a few moments in front of Mozart's Birthhouse, at Getreidegasse 9, on a 27 January at noon

Salzburg 103 - stopping for a few moments in front of Mozart's Birthhouse, at Getreidegasse 9, on a 27 January at noon

Salzburg 104 - stopping for a few moments in front of Mozart's Birthhouse, at Getreidegasse 9, on a 27 January at noon

Salzburg 105 - stopping for a few moments in front of Mozart's Birthhouse, at Getreidegasse 9, on a 27 January at noon

… pass by Cafe Tomaselli, Salzburg’s oldest coffee house, and stop for a while just to picture Leopold Mozart and his son Wolfgang coming here to have a coffee and a talk with friends, more than 200 years ago… 

Salzburg 106 - stopping for a moment in front of Cafe Tomaselli, the oldest cafe in Salzburg, on a 27 January

Salzburg 107 - stopping for a moment in front of Cafe Tomaselli, the oldest cafe in Salzburg, on a 27 January

… pass by the Dom again, then continue to the hotel, enjoying the indescribable charm of those narrow streets and old buildings in Salzburg’s Old Town, some of them almost 600 years old… 

Salzburg 108 - the Dom, again, on the way back to my hotel, in a break before the concert of 27 January

Salzburg 109 - the Dom, again, on the way back to my hotel, in a break before the concert of 27 January

Salzburg 110 - the Dom, again, on the way back to my hotel, in a break before the concert of 27 January

Salzburg 111 - the Dom, again, on the way back to my hotel, in a break before the concert of 27 January

Salzburg 113 - history all around, on the way back to my hotel, in a break before the concert of 27 January

Salzburg 112 - enjoying the fabulous streets on the way back to my hotel, in a break before the concert of 27 January

… reach the Altstadthotel Kasererbraeu and get a better look of it in daylight… 

Salzburg 114 - Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, beautiful, charming, comfortable hotel in a 1342 building

Salzburg 115 - Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, beautiful, charming, comfortable hotel in a 1342 building

Salzburg 116 - Altstadthotel Kasererbrau, beautiful, charming, comfortable hotel in a 1342 building

… prepare for the concert, then proceed on the way back to Mozart Residence… with a stop on the bridge for a photo where your face is lighted by the rays of a wonderful 27 January Salzburg sun, and by the joy of being there! ❤ … 

Salzburg 117 - Crossing the Salzach River again, on the way to the fortepiano recital, on a beautiful 27 January

Salzburg 118 - Crossing the Salzach River again, on the way to the fortepiano recital, on a beautiful 27 January

Salzburg 119 - On the bridge over the Salzach River, on the way to the fortepiano recital, in a beautiful day of 27 January

Salzburg 120 - The sign of The Mozart Week on a 27 January 2016

… reach the Mozart Wohnhaus again, to attend the Fortepiano recital of Nicolas Altstaedt playing the cello,  Andreas Staier and Alexander Melnikov playing Mozart’s Walter-Flügel, in Mozart’s Tanzmeistersaal, in Mozart’s Residence, on a 27 January 2016… 

Salzburg 121 - At Mozart Wohnung again, to attend the fortepiano recital on a 27 January

Salzburg 122 - At Mozart Wohnung again, to attend the fortepiano recital on a 27 January

Salzburg 123 - At Mozart Wohnung again, to attend the fortepiano recital on a 27 January

Salzburg 124 - Ticket to happiness - attending a concert in Tanzmeistersaal on a 27 January 2016

Salzburg 125 - At Mozart Wohnung again, waiting for the fortepiano recital to begin, on a 27 January

After the concert, a smile for the camera, from near the Mozart Family, painted by Johann Nepomuk della Croce  in the winter of 1780-1781… 

Salzburg 126 - Happiness is... to smile near the Mozart Family Portrait in theTanzmeistersaal, Mozart Wohnhaus, on a 27 January

… wait patiently until almost all the people have left… then, overwhelmed by emotion, sit down at Mozart’s fortepiano again… and touch it, and hear its sweet sound, again… 

Salzburg 127 - Happiness is... to be close to Mozart's fortepiano in the Tanzmeistersaal, in Mozart Wohnhaus, on a 27 January

Salzburg 128 - Happiness is... to touch Mozart's fortepiano in the Tanzmeistersaal, in Mozart Wohnhaus, on a 27 January

Salzburg 130 - Happiness is... to touch Mozart's fortepiano in the Tanzmeistersaal, in Mozart Wohnhaus, on a 27 January

… and because it is a time in your life when the dream is truly becoming the life, you would ask if you can sing, there, in Mozart’s music room, and you hear “permission granted”… and then you start to sing ‘Als Luisea cappella… and hear your mezzo voice filling the Tanzmeistersaal, and you feel overwhelmed by the magnificent resonance, by the vibration, by the feeling and emotion of singing in the same place where Mozart used to make music… 

Salzburg 131 - Happiness is... to hear your own mezzo voice singing 'Als Luise' in the Tanzmeistersaal, Mozart Wohnhaus, on a 27 January

… Happiness is… to hear your own voice singing Mozart’s ‘Als Luise‘ in Mozart’s Tanzmeistersaal, in the Mozart Residence, on a 27 January 2016 … 

Salzburg 132 - Happiness is... to hear your own mezzo voice singing 'Als Luise' in the Tanzmeistersaal, Mozart Wohnhaus, on a 27 January

The Tanzmeistersaal is now quiet, after a beautiful evening of music, on a 27 January 2016 … 

Salzburg 133 - The lights are going out after the concert in the Tanzmeistersaal, in Mozart's Wohnhaus

… and it’s time to say goodbye to Mozart Wohnhaus

Salzburg 134 - Saying goodbye to Mozart Wohnhaus, after the fortepiano recital, on a 27 January - with Herr Ramon Estevez

Salzburg 135 - Saying goodbye to Mozart Wohnhaus, after the fortepiano recital, on a 27 January

Salzburg 136 - Saying goodbye to Mozart Wohnhaus, after the fortepiano recital, on a 27 January

Salzburg 137 - Saying goodbye to Mozart Wohnhaus, after the fortepiano recital, on a 27 January

Salzburg 138 - Saying goodbye to Mozart Wohnhaus, after the fortepiano recital, on a 27 January

Salzburg 143 - Saying goodbye to Mozart Wohnhaus, after the fortepiano recital, on a 27 January

Salzburg 144 - Saying goodbye to Mozart Wohnhaus, after the fortepiano recital, on a 27 January

… The lights of the house will soon go down… so you leave… 

Salzburg 145 - Saying goodbye to Mozart Wohnhaus, after the fortepiano recital, on a 27 January

Salzburg 146 - Saying goodbye to Mozart Wohnhaus, after the fortepiano recital, on a 27 January

Salzburg 147 - Saying goodbye to Mozart Wohnhaus, after the fortepiano recital, on a 27 January

Salzburg 148 - Saying goodbye to Mozart Wohnhaus, after the fortepiano recital, on a 27 January

… what delight in the charming view over the Salzach River, on the way to the evening’s Festive Cake at Mozart’s Geburtshaus, Mozart’s Birthplace, on a 27 January

Salzburg 149 - Crossing the Salzach River on the way to the evening feast, the cake at Mozart Geburtshaus, on a 27 January

Salzburg 150 - Crossing the Salzach River on the way to the evening feast, the cake at Mozart Geburtshaus, on a 27 January

And you find yourself on Getreidegasse, mingling with Mozart admirers, or just passers-by… 

Salzburg 151 - The evening feast, the cake at Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January

Salzburg 152 - The evening feast, the cake at Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January

Salzburg 153 - The evening feast, the cake at Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January

Salzburg 154 - The evening feast, the cake at Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January

And here comes the cake! 🙂 A delicate, exquisite, sweet oeuvre d’art! …

Salzburg 155 - The evening feast, the cake at Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January

Salzburg 156 - The evening feast, the cake at Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January

Salzburg 157 - The evening feast, the cake at Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January

Salzburg 158 - The evening feast, the cake at Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January

Salzburg 159 - The evening feast, the cake at Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January

Salzburg 160 - The evening feast, the cake at Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January

I got the “adé” from “Amadé”! 😉

Salzburg 161 - The evening feast, the cake at Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January - I got the 'adè' part of Amadè

Salzburg 163 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus

Salzburg 164 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus

Salzburg 165 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

It is now time to go up to the third floor apartment where Wolfgang Mozart was born, on a 27 January 1756, at 8 in the evening… Mozarts Geburtshaus, Mozart’s Birthplace, on Getreidegasse 9 🙂 

At the door, the symbol of Asklepios, on Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 166 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - the symbol of Asklepios on Hagenauer Haus

Salzburg 167 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - the symbol of Asklepios on Hagenauer Haus

Salzburg 168 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 169 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 171 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 170 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 172 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

These stairs he would climb, these corridors he would walk, every day, when he lived here: from his birth in 1756 to 1773, when the Mozart family moved to the house on Hannibalplatz – now Makartplatz (Mozarts Wohnaus). I don’t know how much of what I am seeing he used to see, too, when he would leave home, or return… how were the walls painted? what ornaments and objects were on the stairs and corridors and doors?… I am not a historian (I would have loved to be!), and some things may be difficult to tell even for a historian… so I am left with only my imagination to fill in the blanks… and with the emotion of climbing these stairs, and walking these corridors … 

Salzburg 173 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 174 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 175 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 176 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 177 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 178 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

… Dreaming? or really looking down from the window where Wolfgang Mozart would look at Salzburg himself?… 

Salzburg 179 - Looking down the window of Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January 2016

“… 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.”  

Leopold Mozart from Salzburg, 9 February 1756 

Salzburg 180 - Looking down the window of Mozart's Birthplace, on a 27 January 2016

At 8 in the evening, the hour of his birth, a choir of children started to sing below his windows! 🙂 

Salzburg 181 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 182 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 183 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

Salzburg 184 - The evening of 27 January at Mozart's Birthplace - Mozart Geburtshaus, or Hagenauerhaus

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The lights go down in Mozart’s Birthplace, and the door is now closed… The streets are quiet… You can breathe the magic of the Salzburg night…

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Old door bells on the outside of the Hagenauerhaus… would the magic work if you pulled a bell?

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Cafe Tomaselli, in the evening of a 27 January…

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Mozart’s statue and a glimpse of the moon…

… and then, again, the magic of this beautiful city…

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Back to the hotel… 

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Window open to the Salzburg fortress…

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In the Old City, the streets are quiet… it is almost midnight, on a day of 27 January 2016… 

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