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Composition Commissions issued to Jüri Reinvere und Anno Schreier as Part of the 100th Anniversary of Mozartfest Würzburg

Mozartfest Würzburg, Germany

2021 sees Mozartfest Würzburg celebrate its 100th anniversary. The concert program is enhanced by several special interdisciplinary projects centered around Mozart to highlight the changes in the reception and performance practice of the composer and his work: An exhibition at the Martin von Wagner Museum of the University of Würzburg presents the thematic diversity displayed in the visual arts when exploring the phenomenon that is Mozart. In a groundbreaking publication by Bärenreiter, renowned Mozart scholars and internationally acclaimed artists examine the treatment of Mozart’s work and of Mozart the man in the century since 1921 while a Naxos CD box set features selected, previously unreleased reference recordings from the Mozart festivals since 1951. In the lecture series “How much Mozart do people need? Europe’s musical heritage caught between quality and commercial considerations”, representatives from various scientific disciplines and the business world will examine the question of the value of art and culture as well as cultural education in our society. The “100 for 100” campaign calls on urban society to participate in the anniversary with their own initiatives and to creatively transpose their own perspectives on Mozart.

Part of Mozartfest Würzburg’s very DNA is confronting classical musical heritage with the present day and questioning it anew with regard to its topicality. In keeping with this remit, the two composers Jüri Reinvere and Anno Schreier have each been commissioned to write a work for Mozart instrumentation and thus make a contemporary statement on classical music for the 100th anniversary of the festival’s founding. The composition commissions are made possible by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

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