A History of Mozart in a Dozen Objects

A History of Mozart in a Dozen Objects

Mozart’s world rediscovered in objects of his time. Professor Cliff Eisen, a leading expert on Mozart’s life, looks at Mozart’s eighteenth century world through objects that were close to him.

  • Updated:
    Daily
  • Episodes available:
    Indefinitely help

Subscribe for free

Subscribe to this podcast and automatically receive the latest episodes.

More help with subscribing

All episodes (11)

  • Prog. 11 Objects: Blood letting device

    Wed, 12 Jan 11

    Duration:
    12 mins

    In this final episode Cliff Eisen focuses on medicine in the second half of the 18th century, and contemporary views on science and death. We explore today's object: a scarifier,used to bleed Mozart's mother before her death in Paris, and hear a moving account of Mozart's death in 1791 as recalled by his sister-in-law.

    Download 6MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Prog. 10 Objects: Leopold's books and Mozart's tea chest

    Tue, 11 Jan 11

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Cliff Eisen talks about travel in the 18th Century, and discovers the books Leopold Mozart picked up in London as well as the tea chest that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart carried with him on his travels.

    Download 5MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Prog. 9 Objects: A Masonic periodical published in Vienna in the 1780s

    Mon, 10 Jan 11

    Duration:
    11 mins

    In this episode Cliff Eisen explores Mozart's Masonic links in Vienna, and the relationship between the Masons and Emperor Joseph II. The object, a Masonic Journal from the 1780s, gives clues about some of the pieces with Masonic symbols that Mozart wrote, like the Magic Flute, and works he composed for Masonic Lodges.

    Download 5MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Prog. 8 Objects: A window from Mozart’s flat in Vienna

    Mon, 10 Jan 11

    Duration:
    12 mins

    A window from Mozart's flat in Vienna inspires Cliff Eisen to visit the actual place – the Figarohaus, today a museum dedicated to the composer, who tried to earn his life as a free-lance musician in the Imperial Capital – but what challenges did he face?

    Download 6MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Prog. 7 Objects: Salzburg’s executioner’s sword

    Mon, 10 Jan 11

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Cliff Eisen starts with an executioner’s sword dating back from the days when Salzburg embraced capital punishment. This episode explores crime and punishment in Mozart’s time and how this was reflected in some of his operas from the 1780s.

    Download 7MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Prog. 6 Objects: A telescope and a musical clock

    Mon, 10 Jan 11

    Duration:
    11 mins

    In this episode Cliff Eisen concentrates on a 18th-Century state-of-the-art telescope and on a musical clock as a sign of the Mozarts’ interest in science and technology – a typical concern of the time, which Wolfgang reflected in his music.

    Download 5MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Prog. 5 Objects: The Mozarts’ Games

    Thu, 6 Jan 11

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Cliff Eisen focuses on the role of game-playing in Mozart's life, and takes a look at a range of games including card games painted by Leopold Mozart himself, and a board game which featured the characters of Mozart's Magic Flute.

    Download 6MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Prog. 4 Objects: Mozart’s own piano

    Wed, 5 Jan 11

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Cliff Eisen explores some of the many types of piano Mozart played during his life, along with specially-recorded excerpts to illustrate the features he wanted to exploit as he wrote music for the instrument

    Download 5MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Prog. 3 Objects: A model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    Tue, 4 Jan 11

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Professor Cliff Eisen focuses on a model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Renaissance piece at the British Museum in London, which Nannerl Mozart mentions in her diary among the most remarkable things she saw during the Mozarts' stay in England.

    Download 5MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Prog. 2 Objects: Portraits of Mozart

    Mon, 3 Jan 11

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Cliff Eisen introduces the second in a series of programmes exploring Mozart's world through objects associated with him. Today, two of the most important portraits of Mozart: the Stock and the Lange portraits in Salzburg.

    Download 6MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Prog. 1 Objects: Mozart’s Watch

    Sun, 2 Jan 11

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Cliff Eisen introduces the first in a series of programmes exploring Mozart's world through objects associated with him. Today: Mozart's watch.

    Download 5MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

Terms of Use

The BBC Podcasts are for your personal non-commercial use only.

All title, ownership rights and intellectual property rights in and to the BBC Podcasts shall remain the property of the BBC or third parties. You may not edit, alter, adapt or add to the BBC Podcast in any way. The BBC Podcasts are made available by the BBC on an "as is" and "as available" basis and the BBC gives no warranty of any kind in relation to the BBC Podcast. To the maximum extent permitted by law the BBC will not be liable for any loss or damage which you may suffer as a result of, or connected to, the download or use of the BBC Podcasts.

 

See the full Standard Licence Terms here.

Play episodes

You may also like

CD Review - Building a Library & Summer Podcasts

  • Music > Classical

During the Proms we’re publishing two podcasts weekly – one featuring interviews with major recording artists; a second looking at recordings of works by Proms composers. Returning in

Sat, 27 Sep 14

32 minutes

UK only

Radio 3 Story of Music in Fifty Pieces

  • Entertainment
  • Music > Classical
  • Factual > Arts, Culture & the Media

Radio 3 Story of Music in 50 Pieces. Howard Goodall in conversation with Suzy Klein. 50 pieces of music that changed the course of music history. Duration likely to be around 6 minutes.

Fri, 1 Mar 13

4 minutes

UK only