Considered one of the best musical geniuses in history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s stunning home will be auctioned on December 14th. This historic castle is only one of several privately owned homes in Lower Austria which can serve as a world-class performance and hosting space with a castle shop, concert program, club salon, and experience theater.
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This 900-year-old Austrian castle was listed for 12 million Euros and will be auctioned at Sotheby’s New York. As the birthplace of Mozart’s beautiful “Requiem” piece, the last composition written before his 1791 death, the home also comes with a Requiem Chapel, baroque garden, and dungeon for those who need inspiration. This palace has hosted over 160 top-talent concerts that have attracted over 12,000 spectators from around the globe.
Constructed in 1130, the royals who inhabited its rooms redesigned the castle during the 15th and 17th centuries. The residence covers over 27,000 square feet with 50 rooms and four stories. Features include several large entertainment spaces, a professional kitchen, a business club, a library, a cinema, and guest suites. The entire home is furnished with antiques and sits on a 3.7-acre park.
While visitors are struck by the beauty and detail of every room, the most popular locations are the fireplace hall and Requiem Chapel, which is the power of the entire structure. The history is unique and intriguing; the chapel is considered the castle’s heart. The chapel once served as a Catholic church and then a Freemason temple, providing mystical qualities. The fireplace hall is popular since it’s a beautiful place to become inspired and relax next to a crackling fire. Even today, the castle is a source of art and culture due to its deep history and ties to the area.
Count F.A. von Walsegg commissioned Mozart to compose Requiem in honor of his wife, who died on Valentine’s Day in 1791. The Count and Mozart were well acquainted since both were members of the same Freemason lodge, and he was a regular visitor to Walsegg’s Vienna palace. Before the Requiem was completed, Mozart died in December 1791, so the composition was finished by Franz Xaver Sussmayr, who delivered it to the count on Valentine’s Day, 1792.
Born January 27th, 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the most influential composers of the Classical period. Although he only lived a short life, his composition pace resulted in over 800 masterpieces of all popular genres during his time. Many compositions are considered pinnacles of the choral, operatic, chamber, concertante, and symphonic repertoire. Considered one of the greatest composers of Western music, his melodies are best known for boasting a richness of texture and harmony with formal elegance and melodic beauty.
His earliest pieces were written to be played on the harpsichord, but he was soon acquainted with fortepianos. As he became more intertwined with the music world, Mozart was impressed with Stein’s fortepianos, which inspired his triple-piano concerto, K.242. The first player was the Augsburg Cathedral organist; Mozart played the second, and Stein played the third. Mozart’s most famous pupil was Johann Nepomuk Hummel, an influential transitional figure from the Classical to Romantic eras whom Mozart took in for two years while a child.