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Mozart circa 1780, by Johann Nepomuk della Croce
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A Viennese in Würzburg
It’s not just wine lovers who flock to Würzburg (Würzburg vacation rentals | Würzburg travel guide), but also lovers of classical music. Since 85 years Germany’s oldest Mozart festival has taken place in the Würzburg Residence. Founded only one year after the ‚Salzburger Festspiele‘ the Mozart Festival Würzburg has a long tradition and is one of the leading music festivals in Germany. For four weeks thousands of visitors from Germany and all over the world enjoy the intimate festival atmosphere and the unique architecture of the Würzburg Residenz in 50 classical concerts.
During 85 years of the Mozart festival history many internationally renowned artists such as Alfred Brendel, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Gidon Kremer, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Waltraud Meier, Yehudi Menuhin, Trevor Pinnock und Jukka-Pekka Saraste have been on stage.
Mozart had actually no personal association to Würzburg. It all began with an evening of music in the year 1921 at the grand emperor’s hall in the Würzburg Residence. At the end of the evening, the conductor, Hermann Zilcher, overwhelmed by the ornate stucco and lavish surroundings said „I only needed to trace a certain piece of ornamentation with my baton in the air, and that was enough for a union between sound, architecture and colour“. Such a profound inspiration could not just be passed up. It soon led to the founding of the Mozart Festival Wuerzburg with multiple venues such as the former Residence of the Würzburg prince bishops that has been erected between 1720 and 1744, and the Renaissance Church “Neubaukirche” Würzburg which is one of the most important Renaissance churches in Germany. Other venues are the Residence Wine Cellar in the oldest German vineyard, Bronnbach Abbey, Mainfranken Theater, even a Golf Club and many more.
Highlights of the Mozart Festival Wuerzburg include “night music” performed by famous orchestras and international classical music stars in the beautifully lit garden of the Residenz Palace and the rococo garden of Veitshöchheim (Veitshöchheim vacation rentals | Veitshöchheim travel guide) Palace.
Read the full article about the Mozart Festival Wuerzburg at mozartfest-wuerzburg.de
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