Mozarthaus Vienna: a new centre devoted to the life and works of Mozart including the historical apartment
Domgasse 5 is the only one of Mozartâ€™s apartments that still exists today. The composer lived in Mozarthaus Vienna from 1784 to 1787 in grand style, with four large rooms, two small ones and a kitchen. The life and works of this musical genius are presented here on four exhibition levels. In addition to Mozartâ€™s apartment, which has been adapted by Wien Museum, visitors can find out about the times in which Mozart lived and his most important works. The exhibition focuses on his years in Vienna, which marked a high point in his creativity. The tour starts on the 3rd floor of the building with details of Mozartâ€™s time in Vienna: where he lived and performed, who his friends and supporters were, his relationship to the Freemasons, his passion for games and much more. The presentation on the
2nd floor deals with Mozartâ€™s operatic works, and the apartment on the 1st floor, the real heart of the building, focuses on the two and a half years that Mozart lived there.
The exhibition on the 3rd floor presents life during Mozartâ€™s Vienna years. Visitors are provided with details of the composerâ€™s different lodgings. An audiovisual installation gives information about Mozartâ€™s personal and social situation in 18th century Vienna, indicating the connections between the Baroque city and the composer himself. Another area deals with the most important people in Mozartâ€™s life: the emperor, patrons, employees, friends, theatre officials and other contemporaries. Mozartâ€™s relations with the Freemasons, his very liberal approach to eroticism and his ...+ [ Read all ]
New valuable objects in the permanent exhibition area
Two instruments on loan from the collection of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna are currently on show at Mozarthaus Vienna and give an idea of the way Mozart played music in this house.
Square piano by F. C. Haug, Stuttgart 1797
A square piano by F. C. Haug, Stuttgart 1797. A square piano is a fortepiano in the shape not of a grand piano but of a rectangle. These instruments were invented in England and were popular on the continent in the 1780s; they were the most modern keyboard instruments of their day. Mozartâ€™s piano music was played by contemporaries on traditional harpsichords, on grand fortepianos and on square pianos. Although much smaller than a grand piano, the sound volume is comparable but they require a very subtle touch.
Viola, Saxony or Bohemia, late 18th century
While in Salzburg, Mozart played the violin in the court chapel and performed as a soloist. In Vienna he liked to play the viola in chamber music ensembles. His own viola was a good instrument but was not made by a famous master. It was probably like the unsigned viola from Bohemia or Saxony that is displayed here. This instrument also recalls the fact that Mozart travelled to Bohemia from this apartment and played chamber music there. In 1789 he travelled to Saxony and played chamber music in Dresden and other places.
"Don Giovanni" piano score
Another interesting object which is currently shown in the permanent exhibition area is a piano score. The opera director Johann Baptist Kucharz, who was also involved in the preparations for the premiere of Don Giovanni ossia il dissoluto punito" by Wolfg...+ [ Read all ]
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Regular EUR 9
Reduced EUR 7
Groups EUR 6
School classes (up to 15 years) EUR 3
Audio guide included in the price
Mozarthaus Vienna in cooperation with Haus der Musik also offers a combined ticket for both establishments for EUR 15.
Reservations for groups:
An electronic reservation and ticketing system is currently being developed for the Mozarthaus Vienna. This reservation system will be handled via the Wien-Ticket platform. Until summer 2005 reservations can be made directly at the marketing department of Mozarthaus Vienna at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. These reservations will be entered into the electronic reservation system as soon as it starts operation.
The maximum group size is 25 persons, larger groups have to be split up, since due to local authority regulations a maximum number of 50 persons are permitted per floor at the same time. Groups of 25 persons are admitted at intervals of 30 minutes, split-up groups at intervals of 10 minutes.
The group tariff is EUR 6 per person and includes an information booklet and an audio-guide. There are no extra charges.
Pre-booked groups are asked to arrive punctually, since these timeslots are especially reserved for these groups. Please be so kind to consider this when planning and booking the tours. Without prior reservation there might be longer waiting times. Groups without appointment are, however, admitted if possible, but we ask you to understand that we cannot give any guarantees.
A children`s audioguide is available in German and English.