100 years of the Mozartfest – that’s a hundred years during which the interpretation of Mozart has undergone repeated fundamental changes. Publications issued to mark the Mozartfest’s 100th anniversary address the multi-facetted engagement with such transformation and the consideration of his work. The book »Weil jede Note zählt. Mozart interpretieren« (Bärenreiter publishing house) (Because every note counts – Interpreting Mozart) uses essays and interviews with performers to explore Mozart’s music in its sound and sheet music forms. A comprehensive chronicle in the book looks back on 100 years of the Mozartfest in word and picture. The CD box Imperial Hall Concerts (Orfeo) provides an aurally vibrant impression of several decades of Mozart interpretation in the 20th and
21st centuries. The Bavarian broadcasting organisation Bayerischer Rundfunk has for its production granted access to live, previously unreleased recordings from Mozartfest concerts performed in the Kaisersaal. In his annotated edition containing the facsimile of Mozart’s letter dated 28 September 1790, moreover, the music historian Dr. Ulrich Konrad provides an insight into how source material research is conducted.
Why and how Mozart confronts his interpreters with special challenges? Alfred Brendel finds a clear answer to this question: »Because every note counts«. To mark the anniversary season, the Mozartfest has initiated a book publication that focuses on the interpretation of Mozart's music. In it, Mozart specialists share their experience with Mozart's work. In addition to Alfred Brendel, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Christian Gerhaher, Brigitte Fassbaender, René Jacobs and Tabea Zimmermann will also have their say. In addition, renowned scholars consider performance practice and Mozart's understanding in the course of time. An extensive documentary section juxtaposes the history of the festival and society, and numerous historical photographs illustrate 100 years of Mozartfest.
»Weil jede Note zählt«: Mozart interpretieren
Gespräche und Essays
published by Stephan Mösch
The person and music of Mozart continue to fascinate visual artists to this day. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Mozartfest Würzburg, an exhibition at the Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg and the accompanying catalogue explore this long history of influence. Alongside original testimonies to Mozart, around 60 works of art - by Richter, Klee and Slevogt, among others - span an arc from portraits and monuments, which have had a lasting impact on the composer's image, to stage sets for The Magic Flute and abstract painting. The exhibition places a special emphasis on the creative energies that Mozart's work unleashed and the transformation from the depiction of popular opera scenes and characters since the early 19th century to the reflection of compositional principles in the 20th century and the present.
IMAGINE MOZART | MOZART BILDER
published by Mozartfest Würzburg
Date of publication: May 2021
This magnificent hall is not only the birthplace of the Mozartfest: the interaction between music and architecture has been part of the program since the very beginning of Würzburg. As the highlight of the grand Baroque sequence of rooms in this magnificent building, the Kaisersaal is also the internationally renowned face of the Mozartfest. To mark the anniversary, the Bavarian Radio has opened its archive and made previously unpublished live recordings of concerts in the Kaisersaal accessible. Outstanding recordings from seven decades of Mozartfest have been selected and compiled for a six-part CD box set.
»Wolfgang Amadé Mozart. Imperial Hall Concerts«
Live from the Residence - First Release
Date of publication May 2021
ca. € 39,95
»In Würzburg we have also strengthened our empty stomachs with coffee, a beautiful, magnificent city,« Wolfgang Amadé Mozart wrote to his wife. He is on his way from Vienna to Frankfurt, when he probably takes a break in Würzburg on September 27, 1790. Even the brief impression that Mozart received of Würzburg seems to have been an excellent one. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Konrad took the Mozartfest anniversary as an opportunity to take a closer look at Mozart's »Würzburg Letter«. The Mozart researcher and chairman of the advisory board meticulously retraced not only the reason for and conditions of the trip, but also the route taken through Würzburg and described it in a commentary in the facsimile edition of the letter. Which Café did Mozart visit? Konrad also has a theory about this ...
The valuable original of the letter is located in the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. From May 15, 2021 the exhibition piece will be on display in the exhibition Imagine Mozart | Mozart Bilder in Würzburg.
»eine schöne, prächtige Stadt.«
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart to Constanze Mozart. Letter from September 28, 1790
commented by Ulrich Konrad
bilingual (german, english)