Mozart in Prague
My inhabitants of Prague understand me!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791
Nothing defines Prague as much as music. Along with Salzburg, Prague is a city inseparably connected with the name of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It was in this Bohemian capital that the composer celebrated his greatest triumphs and acclaim. It is said that in Prague, even the street singers understood the arias of Mozart's operas, while the audience in the royal seat of Vienna still overlooked his musical genius.
It was during the snowy January of 1787 that Mozart came for the first time to Prague to personally conduct his opera "The Marriage of Figaro". At the end of the same year, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart visited again for the première of the "Don Giovanni" at the Estate Theater. Mozart composed the overture for this opera the night before and the musicians got the music at the very last moment before the premiere, which Mozart directed himself. His third stay, on the occasion of the coronation ceremony of Leopold II, was the most talked about. Mozart finished writing the coronation opera "La clemenza di Tito" in the Villa Bertramka belonging to his friends the Duscheks. He personally conducted this opera on September 6th, 1791, after having accompanied the coronation with the Coronation Mass No. 14 or the Piccolomini-Mass in the Cathedral of St. Vitus at the Prague Castle.
December 5th, 1791: Having learnt of Mozart's death, the members of the Prague theater orchestra organized a solemn ceremony in the Church of St Nicolas at the Little Quarter on 14th December. Four thousand Praguers came to honour his memory while in other cities his death went almost unnoticed.