- SALZBURG PART 2 -

Mozart's Birthplace

LINKS to pages in the Salzburg site and to the Colin Day Travelling Days series:

1 : Mirabell Gardens and Old Town
2 : Mozart Birthplace
3 : University Church and Cathedral
4 : Funicular and Fortress
5 : Cemetery and St Peter Abbey (Basilica)
6 : Theatre,Residenz and Sachertorte
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The birthplace museum has existed since 1880, when the International Mozart Foundation opened it to the public; today it is among Salzburg?s top-attractions and draws thousands of tourists into the old town of the city. The birthplace building itself is called "Hagenauerhaus" and named after owner and friend of the Mozarts, Johann Lorenz Hagenauer.

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A downstairs kitchen (below) and stairs to the upper floors (right)



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The back part of the birthplace building (right) faces the Kollegienkirche and the Universitätsplatz, but actually never hosted any member of the Mozart family.

The museum in Mozart's birthplace now hosts precious relics such as the violin that Mozart used to play when he was a child, his concert violin, clavichord, portraits, letters, and other memorabilia of the Mozart family. Some famous paintings of Mozart are also on display.

One is not supposed to take photographs in the actual 'birthroom' — not that there is much worthwhile photographing except the ceiling (below) !!

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Violin Tutor by Leopold Mozart (father of Wolfgang) and published in 1756 (left).

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History book belonging to Mozart (right).

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Comment on the 'Posterous' website October 2009 regarding a similar article pictured therein : "This little packet (16cm long) contains a Georgian sticking plaster, dating from around 1780. It was made from silk or cotton, isinglass (a sticky substance made from the swimbladders of fish, namely sturgeon) and glycerine. Supplied in various sizes, it could be used as a piece, or cut to fit the damaged area. It was then slightly moistened and applied and quite literally, stuck.

"Survivals like this little packet, complete with its dried out plaister are very rare, and it is intriguing to see the form in which it would have been purchased originally. The very fact it came from London rendered it superior to provincial sticking plasters."

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Mozart's travelling box (right).

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Another room at the birthplace is fully dedicated to the stage settings of Mozart operas through the centuries. Models and dioramas give an idea on how manifold the ways were in which people approached Mozart's work.

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The flat of the Mozart's downstairs neighbours was purchased by the International Mozart Foundation in 1981 and furnished to show a typical Salzburg middle-class flat from the 18th century, including authentic furniture and items of daily use.

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