January 12, 2006 |
A Mozart manuscript that was torn in half by his widow will be reconstituted this year as part of celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth, the British Library said Wednesday. Mozart's widow, Constanze, tore the work in two in 1835 to boost its value, giving or selling the upper portion to a court musician, Julius Leidke. She sent the lower portion to a local government official in Bavaria.
January 10, 2006 |
It's a Mozart mystery as haunting as his "Requiem" -- and apparently it won't be solved anytime soon. After months of sophisticated DNA sleuthing reminiscent of a "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" episode, forensics experts admitted on national television that they still can't say with certainty whether an aged skull is that of the composer, as some believe.
January 4, 2006 |
Have scientists found Mozart's skull? Researchers said Tuesday that they'll reveal the results of DNA tests in a documentary airing Sunday on Austrian television as part of a year of celebratory events marking the composer's 250th birthday. The tests were done last year by experts at the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Innsbruck, and the results will be made public in "Mozart: The Search for Evidence," to be screened by state broadcaster ORF.
January 1, 2006 |
A lot of people got a distorted view of Mozart from Peter Shaffer's play "Amadeus" and Milos Forman's popular screen adaptation. Now comes the truth, or at least as close to it as we can probably hope to get. Making its debut at the start of this year's 250th anniversary of the composer's birth is "In Search of Mozart," a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Phil Grabsky ("Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World") that will premiere Wednesday at the Barbican in London.
November 24, 2005 |
PALMER Theological Seminary, a Baptist ministry school near Philadelphia where compositions by Mozart and Beethoven have turned up in the last 15 years, is looking for its next big discovery. "We've given the order for everybody to search the drawers," said Wallace Smith, president of the seminary, housed since 1940 in a former country club in Wynnewood, Pa. "So far, we've not found anything."
November 3, 2005 |
Kenneth Branagh will direct a film version of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," the BBC reports. James Conlon, who becomes music director for the Los Angeles Opera in 2006-07, will conduct the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Filming will begin in January at London's Shepperton Studios. Stephen Fry, who collaborated with Branagh on the 1992 Branagh-directed film "Peter's Friends," wrote the libretto, transferring the setting to World War I.
March 20, 2005 |
Salzburg and Vienna may be dueling for which city will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth next year with more splendor, but the Austrian province of Styria plans to opt out. Styria has declared itself a "Mozart-free zone," Bernhard Rinner, head of the province's Cultural Service, told the APA News Service this month. "It can be excluded at the present stage of planning that Styria will take part in the Mozart Year 2006, propagated by Austrian advertising," Rinner said.
January 22, 2005 |
The Salzburg Festival will produce all 22 operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart next year in a marathon 250th birthday present to the Austrian musical genius. "The great seven operas ... would have been too little for Salzburg," said festival director Peter Ruzicka. "The idea is to be able to examine the development of this unique genius and to contrast it with the music of the 21st century."
November 2, 2004 |
DNA tests could soon solve a century-old mystery -- whether a skull held by the International Mozarteum Foundation is that of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Archeologists have opened a grave in Salzburg thought to contain the remains of Mozart's father and other relatives. Experts plan to compare the remains' genetic material with the foundation's skull to determine if it belonged to the famed Austrian composer. Mozart died in 1791 and was buried in a pauper's grave at Vienna's St. Marxer Cemetery.
June 29, 2004 |
A Mozart opera modernized to feature prostitutes, full-frontal nudity, drugs and sadistic violence has created a storm in Berlin. The premiere of "The Abduction From the Seraglio" at the Komische Oper last week was met with shouts of "Scandal!" and "That's not Mozart!" and threats by opera house sponsor DaimlerChrysler that it would pull its $24,000 annual funding.