Salzburg – the centre of MUSIC
What would Salzburg be without Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?!
Born on 27th January, 1756 in Salzburg, he spent many years travelling through Europe. During the final 10 years of his life he had a great influence on the music scene in Vienna and left behind 626 pieces of music! Two museums have been dedicated to him – the Mozart Music Academy has a worldwide reputation. Every year in January the „Mozart week“ is dedicated to his memory and his operas are the centre-piece of the famous summer festival. Moreover, the Mozart chocolate is the most popular sweet souvenir.
BUT: Do you know Michael Haydn – Wolfgang’s fatherly friend? He was the central personality of Salzburg’s music scene in the 18th century, founder of the men’s choir and important pioneer in spiritual and secular music. We will follow in their footsteps and will also meet Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm – student of Haydn, composer, musician and decorated diplomat, or the composer and publisher Anton Diabelli and, last but not least, the music director Joseph Friedrich Hummel ….
Hugo von Hoffmannsthal wrote the ‚Manifest‘ – for the opening of the first summer festival – it all began in 1920 with Max Reinhardt’s theatrical opera „Jedermann“ on the Cathedral Square … and Maestro Herbert von Karajan set the tone for 30 years! The summer festival is the centre of attraction for guests from all over the world. Salzburg welcomes celebrities like Riccardo Muti, Cecilia Bartoli, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, Elina Garanca, Jonas Kaufmann and many more …… and becomes a stage every year ….. Here we are, right in the middle of it all!
à You’ll learn about music personalities and the world famous ‚Salzburger Festspiele‘!
… on request we’ll taste the genuine and original Mozart chocolates – Mozartkugeln and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine … and you’ll say enthusiastically „da capo“ J
Exclusive concert on an historical instrument
Visit to the ‚Mozarteum‘ and a meeting with the „Leporello-quartett“ or a
look behind the scenes at the Festival Hall