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.
June 23, 2007 |
Seven films featured as part of last year's New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna to mark the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth will be shown next week as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival. The six features and a short were commissioned by Peter Sellars, the Vienna festival's artistic director, who sought international filmmakers who would deal in highly personal ways with such Mozartian themes as transformation, forgiveness and recognition of the dead.
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 30, 2006 |
Mozart is still generating hits: millions of them, in fact. A jubilee year of celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth ended Friday with a flourish: As a harpsichord player tapped out a posthumous premiere of a previously unknown tune, a new online database of all of Mozart's works got its 20 millionth page view.