In 2016 we will mention two significant anniversaries regarding to W. A. Mozart, on the 27th of January 2016 is the date when pass precisely 260 years from his birth and 5th of December 2016 is the date of his death 225 years ago.
About the life of W. A. Mozart was told and written a lot and therefore let´s mention just few important facts.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whole name Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart (27.1. 1756, Salzburg – 5.12. 1791, Vienna) was born as the 7th child of Leopold and Anna Marie Mozart. The age of adulthood reached only Wolfgang and his elder sister Maria Anna – Nannerl. His childhood spent on the long concert tours along whole Europe with his sister Nannerl, both of them were presented like a „wonder kids“.
The very first visit in Czech Republic was in autumn 1776 in Brno, where the whole Mozart´s family took refuge of pox epidemic. When Wolfgang got sick, the family had to move to Olomouc at the invitation of Earl Leopold Antonin Podstatsky. In Olomouc he composed the Symphony No. 6 in F Major KV 43, called „Olomoucka“.
The first visit of Prague was in 1787, after he had celebrated a huge success of his operas – The Abduction from the Seraglio and later The Marriage of Figaro, which was accepted very coldly by the Viennese audience.
The Prague audience celebrated and organized in tribute to Mozart many cultural and social activities. As vote of thanks, Mozart held a music academy in The Nostic Theatre, where introduced his Symphony in D Major KV 504 „Prague“
Mozart came back to Prague in summer that year and brought the unfinished score of his opera Don Giovanni, which met with a huge success in The Nostic Theatre on the 29th October 1787.
Mozart was accommodated in famous Villa Bertramka at the married couple Dušek - a composer František Xaver Dušek and his wife singer Josefina Dušek. They were long term friends of Mozart and his wife Constanze Mozart.
Last time Mozart visited Prague was in 1791. His another opera was composed for the order to celebrate the coronation of the Emperor Leopold II. as a king of Bohemia. Mozart was already sick and exhausted when he was composing this opera La clemenza di Tito.
Mozart came back to Vienna, where he went on in composing his opera The Magic Flute and moreover the Requiem, that has never been finished. He died on the 5th of December 1791 in Vienna. Mozart is considered to be one of the greatest geniuses all the eras, therefore his name will always be connected with something extraordinary.
The same way the festival I´Mozart is going to be a synonym of an exceptional experience celebrating genius and human uniqueness.