Welsh National Opera favourite Mozart has a reputation as a bit of a party animal and would no doubt have used the Easter weekend as an excuse to celebrate. Salzburg is the perfectly orchestrated Alpine city, with some of Europe’s finest concert halls and uplifting mountain views that make you want to sing. So who was Mozart and how would he have celebrated Easter in his Austrian hometown?
'The miracle which God let be born in Salzburg' was how Leopold Mozart described his son. The house in which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756 is now one of the most frequently visited museums in the world. By the time Mozart was born, his elder sister, Nannerl, was already a talented pianist. Leopold presented his exceptionally gifted children before princely courts across Europe from 1762-1766.
In 1769 Mozart was made Konzertmeister to the Salzburg Court – a 13 year old boy was now composer and conductor to the prince archbishop of one of the major principalities of the Holy Roman Empire. His family lived on Getreidegasse in Salzburg for 26 years, moving to the Makartplatz Square in 1773.
Mozart’s Mass in C Major is one of his most popular and enduring works. It acquired the title ‘Coronation Mass’ following a performance conducted by Antonio Salieri in Prague at the Coronation of Leopold II as King of Bohemia in 1791, but the Mass was first performed on Easter Sunday 1779 at Salzburg Cathedral. The beautifully serene Agnus Dei inspired the melody of Countess Almaviva’s aria Dove Sono in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.