Leopold Mozart started in 1762 to travel on tourney with his prodigy son Wolfgang and his daughter Nannerl. After Munich the family went to Vienna.
Wolfgang Mozart was only 7 years old when he stayed in this house at nr. 13 Am Hof and played with his four years older sister Nannerl on 13 October 1762 for Empress Maria Theresia and Franz I. Stephan at the Hofburg.
On this occasion the Empress gave to the young Mozarts clothes which belonged to her children so that Wolfgang and Nannerl would have nice clothes for their concert.
At that age Wolfgang had already composed six works among three Minuets and an Allegro for keyboard.
N.B. When I started discovering Mozart's music (that was after my Rock 'n roll period - the real Rock of the 1950s !) I was surprised to see that the works of Mozart were numbered starting with a "K" pronounced "Köchel". It took me some time to learn that this corresponded to the "Verzeichnis" catalogue from Herr Ludwig von Köchel in 1862.
Mozart lived at this house from 1784 till 1787. He was at the peak of his career and he composed “the marriage of Figaro” here in 1786. some pieces of his furniture are here on the second floor is a presentation on the history of mozart.
Mozart wasn’t born in Vienna but spent there many years, changing address many times. Of the houses where he had lived in the city only one has survived and has been turned into a museum. It’s right behind’s Stephen’s cathedral, at Domgasse 5. He lived there from 1784 to 1787 and composed some of his best works, including the Marriage of Figaro.
This museum is a new addition to Vienna’s museums, since it opened only on 27 January 2006 – 250 years after his birth. None of the original furniture has survived, but what you can see is a lot of his memorabilias and photos collected from several places and collections.
This is the only place in Vienna where Mozart lived, from 1784 till 1787, that is still there.
At the entrance you get an audio guide and then start your visit at the third floor, where you'll discover Vienna at Mozart's time. You'll learn a lot about his life, his friends and patrons, and his relationships with the free-masons. The second floor will show you the musical universe of the composer, and the first floor is dedicated to the 2 years and a half he spent in this appartment.
They had to imagine how the rooms were set in the appartment, and how the furniture was because there was nothing left. Mozart was not a very stable person, and changed of appartment very often. This house of the Domgasse, where mozart rent an appartment, had belonged to a famous stuccoist in 1714, and was known as the "camesina house". It was called a designer house a the time Mozart rented it from Camesina's children.
You'll also learn that Mozart's working day was usually made of 6 pages containing 12 staves each ! Which according to my musical godmother is amazing...! That must be why he was considered a genius :-)
The Vienna period of Mozart corresponds to the top of his carreer.
Very well done and instructive !
The entry is 9 euros for an adult.
Seems like Mozart , like George Washington, slept everywhere. If this is your thing like my wife's give it a quick whirl.
When he arrived in Vienna, he was assigned living quarters at the House of the Teutonic Order near St. Stephan's Cathedral until about May12, when he moved from this residence into the apartment of the Weber family at Milchgasse 1.The Weber's lived on the second floor of this building, but eventually moved out in August to avoid the continuing gossip about he and the Weber’s daughter, Constanze
." A plaque placed near the entrance of the building reads: "In diesem Hause wohnte Mozart im Jahre 1781 und componiert hier seine 'Entführung aus dem Serail'." (Mozart lived in this house in 1781 and composed his "Abduction from the Seraglio.")
Close by to the Cathedral in Stephansplatz is the house where Mozart used to live and compose. Rather indescript, there is a museum of sorts that I did not hit. Mozart is a big seller in Vienna.
This is the Mozarthaus and museum. It is located about one block behind Stephansdom. We did not tour the house or museum. But it is open to the public and is supposed to be a residence of Mozart.