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Sacred Music in Salzburg

Salzburg provides the perfect stage for sacred music. For hundreds of years, important musicians and composers lived and worked at the courts of the prince-archbishops. Today, their works resound in the city’s most beautiful churches.

Concert Series and Festivals

The Salzburg prince-archbishops valued music highly. Because of that, they brought in important artists from across Europe and supported musicians such as Leopold Mozart and his son Wolfgang Amadeus. The spectrum of this vast heritage is reflected in everything from choral concerts and organ recitals, to liturgical celebrations with exquisite musical accompaniment. A number of concert series and festivals also provide a setting truly worthy of this legacy.

Composers

Father Leopold and son Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart enjoyed the artistic patronage of the prince-archbishops. The majority of Mozart’s masses come from his time in Salzburg. His most important works include the Coronation Mass and the Requiem. Aside from the Mozarts, other prominent musical figures in Salzburg included Anton Adlgasser, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Michael Haydn, Paul Hofhaimer and Sigismund von Neukomm.

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