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Mozart Interpretation

The Mozart Opera Institute teaches historic performance practice for concert and opera and contrasts this with current viewpoints and performance styles.  A highly specialised practical training is offered, and also young opera singers who have already graduated are given encouragement. Here the aim is to help them to make an easy transition into their profession with relevant stylistic competence, optimally in the form of productions. Assistance is also given to entire ensembles which are proposed to certain organisers. Moreover there is an emphasis on preparing for singing competitions which focus particularly on Mozart’s music.
Musicological seminars and introductions to historic dances and customs of the Mozart era form the basis for performances of Mozart operas and promote cooperation between different departments.



Mozart Research

In connection with Mozart Year 2006 three handbooks were created at the Department of Musicology:
- Gernot Gruber / Joachim Brügge (eds.), Das Mozart Lexikon, Laaber: Laaber 2005;
- Thomas Hochradner / Günther Massenkeil (eds.), Mozarts Kirchenmusik, Lieder und Chor­musik, published by Laaber: Laaber 2006;
- Mo­zarts Orchesterwerke und Konzerte, published by Joachim Brügge and Claudia Ma­ria Knispel (2007).

In addition, from a series of lectures the volume Mozart interdisziplinär. Beiträge aus den Salzburger Ringvorlesungen zum Mozart-Jahr 2006, published by Joachim Brügge / Gerhard Ammerer, Anif/Salzburg: Müller-Speiser 2007 was also issued.

In its musicological analysis of the music of  W. A. Mozart, the Institute for the History of Musical Reception and Interpretation (IMRI) concentrates on two subject areas: research into the history of the reception and understanding of Mozart’s life and work in time-specific and cultural and historical contexts.  Special attention is given to the comprehensive history of the impact of Mozart in the media after 1900.
Research into the history of interpretation is devoted to select aspects of the performance history of Mozart’s music.
The most recent publications include the volumes:
- Joachim Brügge / Wolfgang Gratzer / Thomas Hochradner, Mozarts letzte drei Sinfonien (klang-reden 1), Freiburg/Br.: Rombach 2008;
- Wolfgang Gratzer (ed.), Herausforderung Mozart. Komponieren im Schatten kanonischer Musik (klangreden 2) Freiburg/Br.: Rombach 2008;
- Wolfgang Gratzer (Hg.), Ereignis Klangrede. Nikolaus Harnoncourt als Dirigent und Musikdenker (klangreden 3) Freiburg/Br.: Rombach 2009.

At present, further studies on the history of the interpretation of Mozart are in preparation, including the comparison of interpretations of chamber music.

The forerunner of IMRI was the Institute of Musical Hermeneutics, which also belongs to the Mozarteum University and is where several projects in connection with Mozart research have been realised, including the volumes:
- Wolfgang Gratzer / Siegfried Mauser, Mozart in der Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts. Formen ästhetischer und kompositionstechnischer Rezeption (Schriften zur musikalischen Hermeneutik 2), Laaber: Laaber 1992;
- Siegfried Mauser / Gernot Gruber (eds.), Mozartanalyse im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert, Laaber: Laaber 1999.