Mozart's Residence at Makartplatz
Home of Salzburg's Most Famous Son
At Marktplatz 8 on the right side of the old town you will find Mozart's residence, where he and his family lived from 1773. Today visitors can learn more about Mozart's life and work at the museum there. Special highlights are the regular concerts at the saloon.
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Before the Mozarts: Tanzmeister House
The building was first mentioned in a document in 1617. It compromised of two houses until 1685. On 3rd August 1711 the dancers and the court dancing master Lorenz Spöckner got a decree allowance to hold dance classes for aristocrats at this house. From 1713 the building was called the “Tanzmeisterhaus” (dancing master house). After Spöckner's death in 1739 the house was passed on to his son Franz Gottlieb, who also became dancing master of the prince-archiepiscopal court in Salzburg. In those times a dancing master did not only teach dance, but also prepared young aristocrats for their life at court and knew all about the very complex court ceremonial.
Mozart Family's Residence
In December 1765 the Mozart family already talked about moving – the flat on the 3rd floor in the Hagenauerhaus at Getreidegasse 9 only had a kitchen, a small room, a living room, a bed room and a study and was about to get too small for the family of four.
When Franz Gottlieb Spöckner died in 1767 his cousin Maria Anna Raab inherited the Tanzmeisterhaus. She decided to rent out the premises. Mozarts' huge West European journey (1763-1766) adjourned the moving plans for the moment, but after the third Vienna trip (mid-July to 25th September 1773) the Mozarts moved into their new domicile on the former Hannibalplatz (today's Makartplatz 8). The new flat was big enough to welcome friends and musicians. The actor, theatre director and librettist of The Magic Flute, Emanuel Schikaneder, visited the Mozart family on many occasions. It was at this house where Wolfgang wrote symphonies, divertimenti, serenades, piano and violin concerts, a bassoon concert, arias, masses and other church music between 1773 and 1780. He also composed “Re pastore” here and started “La Finta giardiniera” and “Idomeneo”. To our knowledge, 232 letters were written at Mozart's residence between 1771 and 1787 and a total of 215 were sent to this address. Many of the letters are now lost or missing.
The Later Years
Mozart's mother died in Paris in 1778; in 1784 Mozart's sister Nannerl married and moved to St. Gilgen. From then on his father Leopold lived alone in the flat on Makartplatz. After the father's death in 1787 the house has had several owners. On 16th October 1944 two thirds of the building got destroyed by a aerial bomb. The then owner sold the destroyed part to the Assicurazioni Generali insurance company that built an office complex. The International Mozarteum Foundation, who already owned the remaining part of the Tanzmeistersaal, bought the offices in 1989. After their demolition in May 1994, the reconstruction on the base of old plans was initiated. Mozart's residence was reopened on 26th January 1996.
Today the new premises accommodate a museum, which focuses on the life and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Tanzmeistersaal ballroom with the original Mozart piano still hosts regular concerts.
After a tour through the museum the lovely Café Classic, which is located in the same building, is perfect for a snack in an enchanting atmosphere. Enjoy typical Austrian pastries and coffee specialties with classical background music. Alternating lunch meals are served from Monday to Friday.
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Mozart's Residence Opening Times in 2014:
- Daily 9am-5:30pm
- July, August: daily 9am-8pm
During the Mozart Week at the end of January the residence is closed due to concerts at the venue.
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