Sunday, 2 March 2008

Salzburg Day 2 (Part II) - Mozart, Mozart Mozart!

It is 4.40am in the morning now and I am awake. Back at home, it would be close to noon already. Jet lag on Day 3.

Salzburg city is the hometown of music genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, where he was borned and lived until he moved to Vienna in his 20s. During his short lifespan of 35 years, Mozart composed hundreds of classical music pieces, including about 20 operas. It was said that he spent 1/3 of his lifetime on the road, traveling to perform concerts.

I visited Mozart’s birth house and the house which he lived as an adult. One of the rooms in the birth house left me with a lasting impression. The “inverted room”. In this room, all the paintings are hanged upside down. A map of Salzburg is carved onto the ceiling. It reflected Mozart’s obscure personality and his ideas of trying to be different. I like this a lot, in modern terms I call it “thinking out of the box”. No wonder he is a genius.

Mozart's birth house

Mozart moved to a bigger house opposite the river at 17

To make the Mozart tour complete, St Sebastian cemetery is not to be missed. This is where several members of the Mozart family, including his wife and his father are buried. Where is Mozart? Mozart is buried in a mass graveyard, St Marx cemetery in Vienna. Although he became very successful and wealthy after he gained fame, Mozart squandered away his fortunes by indulging in good food, expensive clothes, big houses and gambling. It was said that he passed away as a poor man.

So morbid the stone carving outside St Sebastian Church

Mozart family grave

I “risked my life” to get these photos. There is no one in the cemetery and although it was bright day light, I had little courage to stay there too long. Swiftly in and then gone. It wasn’t all that eerie in the cemetery, in fact very serene. But I can’t help feeling a bit scare.

The city is all about Mozart. Music, food, souvenirs… Mozart’s face IS printed everywhere, including this signboard for spectacles.

Mozart sets Salzburg into music. The museums are always playing Mozart’s music and it is so easy to waltz along with one of the piano sonata. Just be aware that the museum attendants are watching, with a faint smile on their face, looking at you from afar.

Residenz platz at 6pm. The clocks struck and the church bells started ringing. Not one but a least 3 ringing at the same time. I love the one at Glockenspiel best because it chims Mozart's pieces.

* * Mishap #3. Almost a mistake only.

I almost booked a hotel room here... over looking the cemetry, where some of the Mozart family have permanent reservations here. Moral of the story, read the hotel specs over and over again.

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