Latest Mozart Stories

2006-01-27 05:35:03

By Michael Roddy SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) - Classical music folklore is full of tales of the understudy stepping in at the last minute to stun the crowd and grab the glory. Only in the case of a glittering gala to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth in his home town of Salzburg, the woman taking over from the superstar just happens to be one of the world's other great sopranos. Italian Cecilia Bartoli was called up with only a few day's notice to replace American...

2006-01-26 18:36:03

By Michael Roddy SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) - Church bells will ring on Friday to mark Mozart's birth 250 years ago, as his hometown Salzburg throws street parties and stages concerts to lead the world in celebration of a musical genius. Thousands of visitors have booked into hotels for the beginning of a "Mozart Year" celebrating the life and music of the Austrian "Wunderkind," born at 8 p.m. on January 27, 1756. Mozart stunned the courts of Europe with his brilliance as a child...

2006-01-25 06:30:00

By Michael Roddy SALZBURG, Austria -- The hills are alive with the sound of Mozart for his 250th birthday in Salzburg on Friday, and it's music to the ears of businessmen, musicians and tourists alike. "This is the best place to be for Mozart, and you feel as if it is 250 years ago," Iyako Ito, a Japanese visitor, said beneath a Mozart statue in this Austrian city. "You can feel him more here ... almost touch him." Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart, who later playfully translated his middle name as...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'