MOZART A TRUE EUROPEAN
WHO WE ARE
The European Mozart Ways are an international network connecting cities, regions and institutions in 10 European countries visited by Mozart during his travels and where he spent part of his life. Whether from London to Naples or from Paris to Bratislava, Mozart travelled more than half of his lifetime; a fact which has contributed in a most decisive way to the constitution of this unsurpassable figure of Western Culture and especially influenced his personal and artistic development.
Mozart left his footsteps in about 200 locations in present-day Belgium, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Selected cities and regions, as well as cultural organizations, academic institutions and tourism organizations are represent-ted as members in the Association "European Mozart Ways”.
The Association was founded 2002 in the run-up to the Europe-wide celebration of the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birthday based on an initiative by the Province of Salzburg.
The Association sees itself as a communication and switching point of the homonymous European Cultural Route: On the one hand Mozart's journeys serve as a model to design touristic itineraries, which are intended to stimulate the sustainable cultural tourism in the regions of the members, on the other hand as a basis for cross-border co-operation of members in artistic, cultural, educational and scientific areas.
Because of these diverse objectives the Mozart itineraries have been designated "Major Cultural Route" by the Council of Europe in 2004, and within this program they represent the only instance centered on the life and work of a musician.
The first years after the foundation in 2002 till 2006 were focused on the organizational establishment of the network, the creation of a web portal and the Europe-wide preparations of the anniversary of Mozart's 250th birthday. This has been reflected in the structure of the members, especially cities and regions joined the network among touristic aspect.
After 2006 a phase of reorientation followed and the Association developed next to the tourist a variety of activities in the fields of art and culture, science and music education. The new focus had an impact on the members structure, as organizations in the field of art and culture, science and music education supplemented cities and regions. The network operates on several levels, virtually via Internet portal www.mozartways.com and in reality through network co-operation and exchange of experience among the members.
In addition, the Association is represented on Facebook since 2010 and thus forms a global platform for information and communication about W. A. Mozart, his life and works.
Through the internet platform www.communication-music.eu , online since 2013, the European Mozart Ways have gained a foothold in the field of music education and audience development.
EUROPE AND IT CULTURAL VALUE ARE MAIN OBJECTIVES
The European Mozart Ways are designed as a European project from the very start. In particular, the promotion of the European idea (European added value) and the demonstration of cross-border identity in Europe are the main focuses. In addition transnational support and funding from the European Union should be used for the implementation of joint projects.
Through the Association´s activities W.A. Mozart should be seen as a "Child of Europe" and find imitation. This is primarily converted through the dissemination of knowledge about his person, his work in particular and the creation of accesses to open the world of art and culture as well as classical music actively and passively to as many different populations across all national borders. Thus the awareness of the common European cultural heritage, a European identity and a European non-material wealth should be strengthened. Europe as a self-conscious educational and cultural region can be easily conveyed to our youth; moreover young people can be relatively easily integrated as a carrier of identity. Regions and cities, even those that immediately are not related to Mozart like Kirchheimbolanden in Germany, Schwechat in Austria or Ala in Italy can be supported and animated as touristic spots.
From the beginning the EMW were focused on the dissemination of value of music practice, of classical music and transboundary sources of music to the citizens of Europe, particularly to children and young people of different social classes.
At the annually General Assembly, respectively held every year in other Member States, the Members get an insight view into the most rich related Mozart heritage and inspiring and exemplary projects and initiatives of other Members. Based on these experiences, possible cooperation is being developed. Getting to know each other always affects inspiration and empowerment.
The network and it’s activities, which are often aimed at intangible values, are based on the conviction of voluntary and idealistic members that our world, societies, the peaceful and fulfilled coexistence of people are not only dependent on material foundations.
The efforts are carried out according to the confession of the honorary member Nikolaus Harnoncourt: Mozart does not need our honors - we need him and his stirring storm wind .... The art and with it the music is an essential part of the human life, it is given to us as a counterweight to the practical, to the useful, to the usable. It is clear to me what some philosophers say, it is the art and the music that makes man a man. It is an inexplicable magic gift, a magical language.
(N. Harnoncourt, artist's speech at the opening of the Mozart Year 2006 in Salzburg)
CONCRETE PROJECT LINES TILL TODAY
I. EU projects
In recent years the EMW could strengthen the members connecting and international visibility through the implementation of projects within the EU program
"Culture 07-13" .
I.I "Mozart and Italy" (2009 – 2011) was a co-operation project together with the cities of Milan and Augsburg, the King´s College London and the University of Sheffield as well as the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna as an associated partner. Cultural exchange and dialogue as key elements of creative innovation and strength in Europe were the central issues. W. A. Mozart and his artistic development in the second half of the 18th century as well as the related transnational dimension were illuminated thereby. One important result among others was a four-language online database of the Italian Mozart letters including a search function for people, places and compositions that occur in the letters and related background material.
Numbers of reached persons
• Concerts in the framework of the “Mozartfest Augsburg”: about 1.120
• Radio transmission of the concerts : about 500.000
• Users of the online database of the Italian letters: about 15.000 /year
• Web portal of EMW after enlargement of languages: about 290.000 / year
I.II. This EU project was followed by another project with the title "Family Music - program to enhance music education along the European Mozart Ways (2011-2013). This project was coordinated by the EMW as project leader and had been realized together with the German Mozart Society (DMG), headquartered in Augsburg, and in collaboration with the Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Nicolini" (GNC) in Piacenza and the support of the city of Milan. Major components were the implementation of a “House music Competition for Amateurs” in autumn 2012 in Augsburg as well as the development of the Internet platform www.communicating-music.eu. This online platform collects the available resources in the field of music education, should encourage the development of joint projects and serve as service and information site for all those who want to open the door to music and musical practice across borders and regardless of social classes (keyword inclusion).
Numbers of reached persons:
• Family music competition: 30 amateur ensembles coming from all over Europe about 100 persons
• Concerts in the framework of the competition: about 1.000 visitors und ca. 400.000 radio listeners
• 10 cultural projects along the EMW: about 2.500 visitors
• Web portal www.communicating-music.eu: about 10.000 direct users / year
I.III The European Mozart Ways were project partner of the EU project "SMEEC" (Sistema-inspired Music Education and Exchange with Canada) and within this project in February 2015 the EMW organized a symposium with 90 participants from 19 European countries and North America in cooperation with the University Mozarteum in Salzburg. The topics included the relationship between Sistema-inspired programs and music education, how collective music-making enables social change as well as the area of special educational programs through music. Among the speakers experts from Belgium, Italy, Great Britain and North America were invited, which illuminated the subject from the perspective of fundamentals, practice and current research. Also a contribution in the sense of "effective sustainability" - to support the dissemination of classical music heritage to the younger generation in all parts of Europe actively.
Reached numbers of persons:
90 participants from 19 European countries at the Symposium
2015 and 2016, further applications were made in the EU programs Creative Europe / Cooperative Projects ("Performing Arts with Social Impact - Outreach on artistic excellence and social responsibility") and "Interreg EUROPE (" Culture and Heritage Appraisal in Rural Territories of EU Regions for their ("METASTASIO - Mozart e le origini dello stile classico"), which unfortunately were not supported by the Commission.
II. Member’s projects
II.I 1. 250. anniversary of the "Great European Western Journey"
Among other things, 2013 - 2016 were marked by the 250th anniversary of the "Great European Western Journey" (1763 - 1766) and, in particular, the so - called "Wunderkindreise", the German part of the journey from Salzburg to Aachen. In cooperation with the German Mozart Society and the authentic cities along the journey in Germany one recalled the experiences of the Mozarts. In the time window of the historical tour, concerts, lectures, guided tours, plays and exhibitions were organized by more than 44 participants. On the web portal of the EMW and on FACEBOOK, the travel and the individual stops of the Mozarts could be followed virtually with the offered events.
The start and the end of the journeys were celebrated in collaboration with the Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg. Thus on 24 November 2016 the final event at the Wiener Saal of the Mozarteum Foundation took place with a presentation by Dr. Ulrich Leisinger (Scientific Director of the ISM). The musical frame was designed by two participants of the prestigious piano competition "Amadeus" for up to eleven-year-old children Brno from Schwetzingen and Brno.
Achieved person numbers:
• Approx. 300 visitors at the two festivals in cooperation with the Mozarteum Foundation.
• No recording of the visitors of the Musikreise from Salzburg to Aachen
• Approx. 400 - 450 companions per Facebook post to the 73 virtual travel stations.
II.II Young Mozart Ways – On the way with/to Mozart
Creativity and motivation, mobility, openness and curiosity about the foreign are personality traits and qualities, which are more important today.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a globally recognized and valued example.
In 2014 the project line “Young Mozart Ways - On the way with/to Mozart“ had started , initiated by the Member Land Salzburg. Within the framework of this initiative a number of children's and youth projects have been developed, which are an outstanding contribution to Europe's cultural added value in person of Mozart and above conveyed to young people.
• “moving with Mozart”
Selected children and youth choirs/orchestras along the European Mozart Ways, which have in their repertoires also works by W.A. Mozart, are appointed to “Young Ambassadors of the European Mozart Way”.
Choir Amadeo / Borromeum Salzburg – since 2014
Domkapellknaben und –mädchen / Salzburg – since 2016
Youth Choir of the Cathedral Reims – since 2016
Boys choir “Les Pastoureaux”, Walterloo, Belgium – since 2016
BELLA MUSICA – Orchestra Giovanile European, Salzburg Mozarteum University – August 2017
• “there is more to Mozart”
Video/film – moving picture project
In spring 2016 two video projects were implemented in two high schools in Salzburg.
• Mozart class
Initiation of a Mozart class at the private gymnasium St. Ursula in Salzburg based on the already existing model of the Mozart class of the German Mozart Society in Augsburg and concrete exchange activities. (School year 2016/17)
• Let’s talk Mozart
Language music project "music connects"; Music as a common language, planned for 2018 between Rovereto and Salzburg / Lamprechtshausen (12-13 year olds).
• Singing Mozart
Music education project for elementary schools in the context of the large country-wide project "Singing Classroom" / Development of a Mozart songbook in collaboration with the Member University Mozarteum as well as its use in the classroom. (Province of Salzburg)
• Mozart-stories / storytelling
Music education project for elementary schools / highschools
Pupils write about the local Mozart reference or the figure of Mozart in general: "My Mozart History". School year 2017/18 pilot project in Salzburg.
OUTLOOK 2017 / 2018 / 2019
In April 2017, the European Mozart Ways presented their areas of activity at the invitation of the major international EAS congress in Salzburg under the title "Joint (Ad) Venture Music".
"Bella Musica", an orchestral project by the network member Mozarteum University should be placed on a European level via the network of the European Mozart Ways. Young musicians from several countries and places with Mozart reference will participate.
In 2019 the anniversary of the 300th birthday of Leopold Mozart will be the main focus. This is the occasion for the development of an EU project that, on the one hand, will be the focus of Leopold Mozart as a networker, manager of his children, pedagogue (violin school) and enlightened European, and on the other hand in the areas of music education and mediation on topics such as education without borders , early childhood education, etc. Within the framework of a structural workshop in August 2017, the network will develop structurally necessary adjustments and further content-related topics. Through the promotion of new members and a better basic equipment of the General Secretariat, the members' care and the content of the work will be continued.
Since their foundation the European Mozart Ways work successfully to convey common cultural heritage exemplified by the personality of W. A. Mozart to many people as possible and to participate them actively. This is implemented by transnational projects and initiatives in the fields of arts & culture, tourism and science and music education.
Through the development and implementation of projects on a European level, which were presented in the section "Specific project lines up today" shortly and all completed with the exception of "SMEEC", the European Mozart Ways headquartered in Salzburg could establish as a sustainable institution in European context, which acts both within Austria and in Europe.
Thus the European Mozart Ways tread a wonderful creative as well as peace and social integration creating European way to the future.
Contact: Europäische Mozart Wege
European Mozart Ways
Sigmund Haffnergasse 3 / 1. Stock
Tel: +43 699 112 80 216