Three letters from the Mozart family went to Austria
The letters were privately owned in the United States. Now the Mozarteum Foundation was able to acquire it.
The Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg has acquired three letters from the Mozart family for a “six-figure amount in line with the market”.
The most significant new acquisition is a letter from the musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) to his seriously ill father on April 4, 1787, the foundation announced on Tuesday. There his son wrote: «since death |: to be precise: | the true end of our life is, so for a couple of years I have made myself so acquainted with this true, best friend of man, that his image not only has nothing terrifying for me, but much more comforting and comforting! ”
The content of the letter was known – as was that of the other two new acquisitions. But the fact that Mozart not only signed the letter with his name and the abbreviation “manu propria”, but also added a Masonic mark – two intertwined triangles – was new, explained Mozart expert Ulrich Leisinger.
The original with its easily overlooked symbols now makes it clear that this letter was strongly influenced by Freemasonry, said the President of the International Mozarteum Foundation, Johannes Honsig-Erlenburg. So Mozart is actually not saying goodbye to his father as a son, but as brother to brother.
The letters have been privately owned in the USA for the past few decades and are therefore not accessible.