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Mozart: Traveller across Europe
An exhibition of the Archive of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien in Mozarthaus Vienna

Special Exhibtion: 13 February 2019 – 26 January 2020

“An intelligent human being finds the best education while travelling.” Mozart confirms this statement by Goethe.

Mozart’s journeys as a child prodigy were intended to arouse admiration and recognition, but by their very nature contributed to his education. On the one hand in general and on the other they were educational journeys in music because Mozart was able to become acquainted with the European music scene, with composers and musical styles more so than any other child of his age. Ultimately the journeys also formed his personality, by familiarizing him with the languages, food, living habits, manners and so on of different countries, and the many performances at courts of the nobility and in the presence of rulers gave him self-confidence on a social level.

It remained this way until Mozart moved to Vienna at the age of twenty-five: he gained knowledge during and from the journeys which brought him experience as well as commissions, ideas and a broad musical view that influenced him as a composer. This is also true of his later travels, which he embarked on from Vienna, even though the journeys were primarily for business purposes to acquire commissions or to premiere commissioned works. The exhibition presents insights into these aspects with a great variety of objects that are beautiful to look at and provide a wealth of information. Select significant examples show what Mozart composed solely by virtue of his journeys, to what extent he benefited and how they influenced his music.

Curator Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Otto Biba
Director Archive, Library, Collections of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien

Cuarator Dr. Ingrid Fuchs
Deputy Director Archive, Library, Collections of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien

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