9 After Mozart’s Death
this room is dedicated to the biographies of the closest members of the Mozart Family. two large-scale oil paintings present the two sons. the exhibits in the display case below provide information about their life. the older son, carl thomas, took up a career as a civil servant despite being musically talented and he lived in italy for 50 years. he visited the city where his father was born three times; the last occasion was in 1856 for the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang amadé Mozart. the younger son, Franz Xaver Wolfgang, was a musical prodigy. at the age of 17 he went as a music teacher to a noble family in lvov where, apart from occasional trips, he spent almost his entire life. as a musician and composer he was always overshadowed by his father. in 1842, for the unveiling ceremony of the Mozart statue in salzburg, he conducted a festive chorus he had written based on musical motifs by his father. a hand-written copy can be seen in the display case. the large oil portrait in the centre shows Mozart’s sister at the age of 50. Nannerl Mozart, under her married name known as Maria anna Freifrau von Berchtold zu sonnenburg, was an important witness of the time following the death of Mozart. up to an advanced age she provided information about the life and work of her brother. she died at the age of 78 in her apartment in the sigmund haffner Gasse, now the location of the zipfer Bierhaus, obliquely opposite the birthplace. in the display case is a manuscript in which she answers questions about her brother’s life. two of Mozart’s long-standing companions, the married couple aloisia and Joseph lange, are represented in small portraits. aloisia, his wife constanze’s sister, was Mozart’s first great love. she was an excellent singer and in later years sang major roles in premieres of Mozart’s works. her husband was a well-known actor and also a talented painter. he painted the famous incomplete oil portrait of Mozart Mozart’s Birthplace
Mozart's Birthplace belongs to the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation and is one of the most important attractions in Salzburg.