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Austria the heart of Europe




My name is Cornelia Steiner and when I’m asked where I’m from there is sometimes a lot of confusion. I’m from Austria and the first reaction of most people is “Oh Australia that’s exciting! Are you from Sydney or maybe Melbourne?”


Oh no, no, I come from Austria, a small country in the middle of Europe and I live in a small village with a population of about 1200.


My country is very small and virtually unknown by the rest of the world although it’s a very interesting place with a tremendously colourful history and a lot of culture. Furthermore the high mountains have to be visited when traveling through my country. While climbing the steep, high rocks you’ll become thirsty and you can drink the water from any mountain source because of its purity. Another aspect of the Austrian culture is their food. The Austrian cuisine is varied. It doesn’t matter if you like the sweet, hot, or meat there are national dishes for everybody.


The biggest tourist attraction is SALZBURG with its famous music genius Mozart. The music composed by Mozart in the 17 century will always be liked by people and thus it has stayed contemporary for more than 200 years. This year is special because it’s the 250th birthday of Mozart. It is widely celebrated throughout Austria.


A lot of people believe that America is the only important country in the world, this is because  it’s portrayed as the most powerful, BUT they are wrong. There are many smaller countries like Austria which have just as much to offer as the USA.

14.9.06 05:21

Mozart the genius



Mozart is the most famous man in Austria and with his unbelievable fascinating music he is well known all over the world. Lot’s of Asian people come to Salzburg to go to the music university called Mozarteum to study his sonatas, operas, piano and violin concerts etc.


The year 2006 is a special one because of it being Mozart’s 250th birthday and it’s well celebrated which many different events. Furthermore you can buy Mozart candies, chocolate and even yoghurt.  Everybody heard from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart but who was this genius and how did he spent his life?


January the 27th in Salzburg a boy named Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born as the seventh and last child of the musician Leopold Mozart and his wife Anna Maria Mozart.


That’s Mozart’s house of birth in Salzburg

 Leopold recognized early what little genius his son was and thus he supported Wolfgang.

The boy learned playing the piano and the violin and at the age of 6 he composed his first Andante and Allegro. Therefore the family Mozart started a trip through West Europe to introduce their two children Wolfgang and Nannerl to the aristocracies.

During this trip Wolfgang composed his first sonatas for piano and violin and also the first symphonies.

Little Mozart became very popular and at the age of 16 he got a job as a  concertmaster in Salzburg (1772-1777). That didn’t mean that Mozart stopped traveling around to present his music. He tried to escape the strict orders of his job in Salzburg by traveling to Italy and Vienna where his first piano concert was created.

Back in Salzburg he struggled hard to become also established in his home city. To reach that, he made the Drama per musica 2 re` pastore seen by the audience but it was a failure. He was fed up with the strict orders and cancelled his job.


Interested in getting to know more about one of the greatest genius of the world?

Chapter two about his life will follow next week.



Conny Steiner


20.9.06 18:57

Mozart the genius- chapter 2

After Mozart’s quitting his job as a concertmaster he was looking for another job in Salzburg. He wasn’t able to find what he wanted and thus he became and independent composer (1781-1791). Mozart settled down in Vienna and there he composed his most beautiful operas, piano and violin concerts etc.


Some examples: Opera buffa Le nozze di Figaro
                            Opera seria La clemenza di Tito


 One of the most famous operas is the “Opera Die Zauberflöte”


The time for having a family came. On August the 4th 1782 Mozart married Constanze Weber and they had six children. Four kids died shortly after they were born just to boys named Karl Thomas and Franz Xaver survived their childhood. Grandfather Leopold visited Mozart two times in Vienna and died 1787.


Mozart’s dead and his last compositions


After showing the most famous opera DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE to the audience on November the 20th 1791 Mozart became ill and on December the 5th 1791 he died at the age of 35. The real reason for his dieing so young is until now unknown. It is said that he had a fever or rheumatism. Mozart himself believed in his being poisoned by anybody. He was talking about that to his wife a couple weeks before he died. It is also said that he died as a poor man because of his not being able to handle with money.






A memorial of Mozart in the cemetery of St. Marxer


The Austrian people are very proud of their genius and as a consequence there are some things to remember Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.



Mozart on our money
30.9.06 04:43


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