Italy | Ala
MOZART'S STAY IN ALA
17.-18.8.1771 ● 8. - 9.12.1771 ● 30. - 31.10.1772 ● 1.11.1772 ● Around 8. - 10.3.1773
On 17th August 1771, W.A. Mozart and his father enjoyed the charm of Palazzo Pizzini for the first time. For the remainders of the day, the Mozart's played music for the two brothers. The day after, they left for the south, but from that time onwards, they visited the brothers each time they passed through Ala.
Stays: from 17th to 18th August 1771 (during the second journey to Italy); from 8th to 9th December 1771 (during the return journey); from 30th October to 1st November 1772 (during the third journey to Italy); from 8th to 10th March 1773 (last stay in Ala);
Persons Mozart met during his stays: Mozart was always hosted by the noble Pizzini family.
Existingauthentic building are : Palazzo Pizzini - Superior (where Mozart was hosted and played), Palazzo Pizzini - Inferior (Museum of Ancient Pianos), Palazzo Malfatti - Azzolini, Palazzo Malfatti - Scherer, Palazzo Angelini, Palazzo Taddei, Palazzo Gresti - Filippi).
Compositions written during the stays: none, but Mozart's father (Leopold) wrote in Ala his unique letter from Trentino.
During the Middle Ages Ala took a two-core structure, which remained unchanged for centuries: a more ancient part developed around the "castrum" and a more recent residential area, the "suburbium", situated at a lower altitude.
During the 16th century mulberry - growing and the breeding of silkworms developed and during the 17th century the production of silk velvets was also launched, turned the city into a major economic centre. This attracted new inhabitants and favoured substantial transformations both at urban level and at cultural and artistic level.
During the 17th and 18th centuries the old mediaeval dwellings underwent substantial restoration and renovation: the palaces of the velvet merchants are still majestic witnesses of that period of wealth.
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