"Mozart's "grave"" Classical music Tip by yooperprof

Classical music, Vienna: 20 reviews and 31 photos

  memorial kitsch?
by yooperprof

It was in the nineteenth century that the Viennese developed their extravagant taste for funerals and elaborabe memorials - a taste which is certainly much in evidence around the city. In the 1840s, Mozart's widow had tried unsuccessfully to remember where his corpse had been placed in the mass grave. Nonetheless, in 1859 a marker was placed "symbolically" in the middle of the pauper's area in order to designate the "final resting place" of the composer. Some might say that it is ironic that the Viennese never showed much interest in Wolfgang Amadeus while he was still alive, but it does seem to fit a general pattern! So often it's the case that the best career move for an artistic genius is to die.

Address: Sights of Mozart,Beethoven,Strauss

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  • Written Sep 11, 2003
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