European Mozartways

On the way to Mozart

Young Mozart Ways


The network

The cultural network "European Mozart Ways" (EMW)  founded by an initiative of Land Salzburg on the occasion of the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 2006 combines authentic visited Mozart cities, towns and sites in ten European countries. See:
Mozart traveled more than half of his life; a fact which has contributed significantly to the development of this great representative of Western musical culture.

The Association "European Mozart Ways" has been entitled "Major Cultural Route" as part of the cultural route program of the Council of Europe. They are the only Cultural Route that represents a musician in the center of its activities.
The main activities are:
     • revival of tourist itineraries
     • promotion of cooperations
                   o artistic/cultural,
                   o academic,
                   o pädagogic/educational.

Project line -  Youth/Education

The founding and board member Land Salzburg sat down right from the start for the youth and educational field and developed the network-wide project line:
"On the way to Mozart" - "Young Mozart Ways".
The person W. A. Mozart, his life, his work and his European-style personality should be made tangible for children and young people. What Mozart means for each of us, in what way he could be inspiration and an example and why his life and his work are so unique should be discovered through creative approaches in musical, pictorial and creative,  "young" activities ... and perhaps be experienced for the first time.
Through the exchange without national borders also important objectives of the European Community can be implemented.

For all projects the young people are expected to come into direct contact with artists, musicologists and Mozart experts.
Results of the projects are presented on the web portals of the EMW or and posted on Facebook.

To implement the projectline "On the way to Mozart - Young Mozart Ways" the following project concepts were developed:

“moving with Mozart”
Young ambassadors of European Mozart Ways
Concerts, choir performances, awards

Target groups
Children- and Youth Choirs / Children- and Youth Orchestras  / Music ensembles

Project content
Along the "European Mozart Ways" Children's and Youth Choirs or Children and Youth Orchestras, which have in their repertoire also works by Mozart, will be appointed as "Young Ambassadors of the European Mozart Ways".
Thus the idea of the European Mozart Ways should be approached to youth and be brought amplified to the local and regional population. In long-term exchange programs such as meetings, possibly competitions, travels of choirs to other partner cities should be implemented - each supported by contact addresses and persons on site. The exchange at the European level, the more intensive examination with Mozart as a cultural figure on the occasion of such events and the development of common projects are important aspects of the project.

Previous implementation
Till now the following choirs have been appointed as „Young ambassadors of European Mozart Ways“

• School Choir „Amadeo“ Salzburg/Austria, 2014;
• outh Choir of  Reims Cathedral, Reims/France, 2016;
• Boys Choir „Les Pastoureaux“, Waterloo/Belgium, 2016; 
• Domkapellknaben und -mädchen Jugendkantorei at Salzburg Cathedral, Salzburg/Austria, 2016.
• BELLA MUSICA – Orchestra Giovanile Europea, Youth Orchestra of the Pre-College University Mozarteum,
  Conductor: David Hummel. 2017
• Children Orchestra – Stiftung Mozarteum 2018

“there is more to Mozart”

Video/Film, Moving Pictures Projects

Target groups:
Pupils, 10 – 18 years of age. (music, visual education, Language)

Project content:
As part of school projects video productions, musical and scenic performances in duration about 5-10 minutes should be developed. The preoccupation with the personality of Mozart, his experiences in the European cities and towns inhabited and visited by him as well as its effect and its possible importance for young people today are the  main focus. The implemantation occurs with a cultural technology (Film / Video "(moving images and animations), which is open to all young people and used in everyday life.
It should arize the interest: why Mozart, classical music ?, who was this genius, what is behind this genius?, what does he/his music tell us / young people today ?, Mozart was born in Salzburg - so what ?; what do we do with this great heritage? ... Perhaps there are valuable information, "word donations" of musicians or else passers ...?

Previous implementation:

•Privat school Borromäum/Salzburg, Austria: „on the way with Mozart“
•“Bundesgymnasium Nonntal”/Salzburg, Austria: „what´s about Mozart? - when Mozart was my age“

“Mozart stories”

Target groups:
Pupils more than 8 years of age. (Mother tongue/Music)

Project content:
Every city, every place, W. A. Mozart had ever visited or lived in, has experienced one or more typical "stories" with him.
And children love stories. They should be excited by this project approach to search for such stories and to note them in the form of a written story.
The result over time will be a young image of his life, his history, of cultural European heritage, a short history with Mozart respect along the European Mozart Ways.

Mozart Classes

Based on a concept by the “German Mozart Society“from Augsburg / Germany.

FORMAT: School Project / Exchange (Music History / Cultural Education)

PARTNER: (current)
• “Mädchenrealschule“ St. Ursula in Augsburg
• High School St. Ursula in Salzburg
• High School St. Ursula in Vienna

The project content is determined each year by the music professors involved. Possible topics: Focus on local sites, in cooperation with experts. Exchange: digitally or by travelling to the twin city. Young people explain, lead, look after young people. Common music content according to additional ideas of the project line "Young Mozart Ways".:

European Mozart Ways
Gerhard Spitz

© Land Salzburg, Kunstreferat 2/07/ Maria Honsig-Erlenburg