Even during a short stroll during the city’s alleys, you keep running into the same odd personality. No one else shaped the cityscape so significantly and visitors encounter him everywhere – musically, architecturally and even culinarily. Meet Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Salzburg’s musical child prodigy and pride of the city’s residents.
A musical genius from Salzburg shapes the First Viennese School
Mozart’s life journey begins in Salzburg where he was born in 1756. Born to Leopold Mozart, chamber musician at the Salzburg court, and Anna Maria Pertl he inherited the family’s musical talents. But soon the parents realized “Wolferls” extraordinary musical talent. Thus, the Wunderkind from Salzburg began travelling across West Europe at the tender age of six. But he remained loyal to his birth place as the Salzburg court’s concertmaster up until 1781.
He subsequently moved to Vienna where he worked as an artist, composer and music teacher until the end of his life. The untimely death of one of the world’s most talented musicians was also the demise of the era of the First Viennese School.
A leisurely stroll through the Getreidegasse, heart of Salzburg’s old town, is always worth a visit. The bustle in numerous traditional business, violinist’s playing beautiful tunes in the streets, historical restaurants and cozy cafes with original local delicacies turn the stroll into a wonderful experience.
And within the charming hustle and bustle you will find the birth place of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at Getreidegasse 9. Today, visitors can get a better idea of the Mozart’s family everyday life in the exhibition rooms.
A five minute walk takes you to the house at Hannibalplatz, where the family later lived. It is located on the other side of the Salzlach. The house was reconstructed true to the original and was opened to the public in 1996. Wolfgang, his parents and his sister lived in the spacious first floor apartment for eight years. Original documents, family portraits and the original Hammer piano in the “Tanzmeistersaal” remind of Mozart’s life and musical work during his time in Salzburg.
Exhibitions, concerts and presentations are held at the house regularly. Furthermore, the former apartment owns the Mozart film and audio collection that explores the work and life of the classical musician in all detail.
The Salzburg confectioner Paul Fürst perfected the creation of green pistachio marzipan covered in a layer of nougat back in 1890. And the original “Salzburger Mozartkugel” recipe still delights chocolate fans around the world and the still existing confectionary manufactures the confection by hand. Getreidegasse 47 and a taste of the chocolate delicacy are definitely worth the visit!