Friday, December 22, 2006

Music Lovers: Can't Get Enough Mozart?

Mozart Catalog Is Now Available Online


VIENNA, Austria Dec 13, 2006 (AP)— Mozart is now just a mouse-click away. Mozart maniacs, enthusiasts, students and scholars can now access the immortal composer's entire catalog through a free online database with some 24,000 pages.

The database available at also contains more than 8,000 pages of critical commentary published since 1954, said Ulrich Leisinger, head of research at the International Mozart Foundation.

The launch of the Web site this week comes as a year commemorating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth complete with thousands of concerts, opera performances and exhibitions across Austria draws to a close.

The site is aimed at scholars, musicians and all music enthusiasts, Leisinger said, noting he hoped it would be of particular use to students in places such as India, where musical libraries aren't necessarily around the corner.

"It's a big project, there's nothing comparable in the field of music," Leisinger said.

The International Mozart Foundation based in Mozart's birthplace Salzburg also aims to keep updating the database, which was launched with the support of the California-based Packard Humanities Institute.

Next summer, it hopes to make available some 270 letters handwritten by Mozart, some 100 original manuscripts and about 2,000 pages of texts accompanying many of the vocal works such as operas, Leisinger said.

Site users can search for a specific work using key words and a scroll down menu. They also have the option of printing out individual movements.

Since it was launched Monday afternoon, the site has had more than 1 million hits and temporarily experienced technical problems Wednesday due to the strong interest, Leisinger said.

A note on the site indicates that work is under way to increase server capacities.

The contents of the Web site are based on the Neue Mozart Ausgabe, a compilation of Mozart's works and critical commentaries that used to be available solely in paper form and that has been in publication since 1954.

The International Mozart Foundation, in years to come, hopes to take the site one step further and incorporate audio files.

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