Mozart’s Musical Journey 18 June 1783: “Congratulations, you are a grandpapa!”

Between June 1783 and July 1791, Wolfgang and Constanze Mozart had six children, but only two survived infancy. Their first child was conceived shortly after their wedding on 4 August 1782, and Raimund Leopold was born and baptized on 17 [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 18th, 2019
Mozart’s Musical Journey 12 June 1784: “Menzl is, and always will be, an ass”

When Mozart returned to Vienna in late November 1783, he entered into the busiest and most successful years of his life. He performed and conducted a substantial number of his own compositions, and in addition to public performances he was [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 12th, 2019
Film Music and Concertos – Eleven Eleven by Danny Elfman

Composer Danny Elfman is best known for his film music – having produced music for well over a hundred films, he’s the modern film composer best known to most. His collaboration with Tim Burton is his longest-standing one, including writing [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | June 10th, 2019
Mozart’s Musical Journey 2 June 1763: “The boy alone took up most of the concert”

Every year millions of visitors to the city of Salzburg eagerly make their way to Getreidegasse No. 9. Leopold Mozart and his family lived at that address for 17 years, and famously Wolfgang Amadeus and his sister Nannerl were born [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 2nd, 2019
J.S. Bach and J.J. Bach: Departure and Farewell

We always think of J.S. Bach in terms of his own family – who he married, how many children he had, what those children did – but we rarely think of him in relation to the family in which he [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | May 31st, 2019
Mozart’s Musical Journey 25 May 1782: “Concert at the Augarten”

Mozart was incredibly successful in his appearances as a virtuoso at concerts in Vienna. Concerts were traditionally held during Lent, as all the theatres were closed. They were primarily held in private houses belonging to the aristocracy with invitations usually [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 25th, 2019
Mozart’s Musical Journey 19 May 1789: “Spanking on your little kissable arse”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart married Constanze Weber on 4 August 1782. Their courtship had not been smooth, as the couple briefly broke up in April 1782. Apparently, Constanze had permitted a young man to measure her calves in a parlor game, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 19th, 2019
Mozart’s Musical Journey 12 May 1781: “Injustice and incessant abuse”

During Mozart’s time—and some would say it is still true today—Salzburg was a small provincial town. Mozart was working for the Archbishop Hieronymus von Colloredo as a musical servant, and he had nothing good to say about his hometown. “I [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | May 12th, 2019