German Mozart Society
In 1951, the German Mozart Society (Deutsche Mozart-Gesellschaft, DMG) was founded in Augsburg, the city where Leopold Mozart was born. 17 regional Mozart clubs as well as numerous individuals from all over the world belong to this society. According to its statutes the society attends to the practical and administrative guardianship of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart’s compositions, research into the life and work of the master and his family, as well as the preservation and promotion of Mozart memorials in Germany, especially Leopold Mozart’s birthplace in Augsburg.
To the outside world, DMG is primarily known for the following activities:
1.) Every year the society organises the German Mozart Festival in different locations. Normally, cities and local Mozart clubs apply for the right to organise the festival. The German Mozart Festivals offer the opportunity to different regions to play, host and present exemplary performances of Mozart’s work by internationally renowned artists and ensembles as well as local artists. The events organised by the German Mozart Society are not designed to put Mozart’s work on display like in a museum. Their aim is rather to deal with current movements, different styles and ways of performing. Contemporary music is part of each festival and the organisers do their best to leave children and young people fascinated by Mozart’s music and support young talents. In September 2005, the 54th German Mozart Festival will be held in Schwetzingen. The 55th festival within the context of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th anniversary in May 2006 will take place in Augsburg, together with the International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart.
2.) For more than three decades the society has organised the so-called Mozart Music Week, during which young and old musicians, friends, experts and enthusiasts, from Germany and abroad, meet to sing and play together under the supervision of excellent teachers and tutors. This music week used to take place in Augsburg and is now an event at the Music Academy in Alteglofsheim, where amateurs and young people who receive financial backing from Mozart clubs are supported in playing music together.
3.) The periodical ACTA MOZARTIANA, which was first published in 1954, is the DMG’s newsletter. Its academic essays have earned it an excellent reputation within Europe as well as overseas. Musicologist Prof Dr Laurenz Lütteken edits this newsletter.
4.) Within the bounds of its financial means, the society offers prizes as well as scholarships. Musical competition winners are given the chance to perform in concerts organised by the society.
German Mozart Society/ Deutsche Mozart-Gesellschaft e.V.