May 28, 2008 |
A team of musicologists is reviewing 19th century copies of musical scores from a Polish monastery's archives in hopes that some might prove to be previously unknown works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the lead scholar said Tuesday. The team is focused on nine scores, though the musicologists will review 2,000 from the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, southern Poland. "The scores could be compilations from various Mozart works, or compositions by other authors just signed in his name, or -- in the luckiest case for us -- they could be unknown authentic Mozart," said Remigiusz Pospiech, head of the research team.
March 18, 2008 |
A British music scholar says he has identified a previously unknown portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that could be worth millions. The 19-by-14-inch oil painting shows the profile of a man in a bright red jacket. Cliff Eisen, who teaches music at King's College London, said that it is only the fourth known authentic portrait of Mozart from his time, when the composer was at his professional height in Vienna. King's College said the portrait was probably painted by Joseph Hickel, who was a painter at Austria's imperial court.
May 18, 2007 |
Phil Grabsky's eloquent documentary "In Search of Mozart" seems certain to delight music lovers yet also engages the attention of one woefully lacking in knowledge and appreciation of classical music. It is impossible to watch this film and not be moved by the richness and variety of the music and the poignancy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's prodigious but very short life -- he died in Vienna, probably of rheumatic fever and kidney failure, at age 35 in 1791.
January 17, 2007 |
Mozart has a new record -- and this one isn't pressed into vinyl. Organizers of last year's series of festivals, exhibitions, concerts and conferences to celebrate the 250th anniversary of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth said Tuesday the jubilee drew 1.2 million tourists to Austria -- a record for a single festival. The anniversary year is still winding down and won't be completed until the end of the month.
December 14, 2006
On the Web: Mozart enthusiasts, students and scholars can now access the immortal composer's entire catalog through a free online database with some 24,000 pages. The database -- available at dme.mozarteum.at-- also contains more than 8,000 pages of critical commentary published since 1954, said Ulrich Leisinger, head of research at the International Mozart Foundation, which launched the site this week. Local artist honored: Edgar Arceneaux, an L.A.
September 29, 2006 |
A Berlin opera house condemned for canceling performances of a Mozart work over concerns that it could provoke violence by Muslims said Thursday it might consider staging the production if it had security assurances. "If there was a new security plan, we could consider it," Alexander Busche, a spokesman for the German Opera, said when asked about reinstating "Idomeneo," which includes a scene with the severed heads of the prophet Muhammad, Buddha and Jesus.