The Mozart Cache

  • Published: June 2008
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 228
  • Size: 8.5x11
  • ISBN: 9781434384157

This book is a detailed critical inspection of a collection of objects that have their feet in two

worlds, namely Mozart Historical Research and Art Historical Study. Leopold Mozart, the

father of one of the world’s most supreme composers, died in 1787. At the time of his death, his

apartment held precious treasures given to his brilliant son and daughter during their lengthy

European tour of 1763-1766. Furthermore, it is likely that memorabilia and portraits collected in

the 21 years following that tour were also in Leopold’s apartment. There is little historical record

about what his collection might have contained at the time of his death, or what happened to it.

In 2003, an American antiques collector, traveling in Italy, bought what he thought were some

interesting pieces from a woman merchant. Though he was unaware of what he had stumbled

into at that time, these pieces now appear to have been a portion of Leopold Mozart’s estate. The

collection’s owner engaged the author of this book to examine and comment on the approximately

40 pieces in the acquisition. The telling of the story of each of the collection’s pieces and how they

survived for more than two centuries is rich with Mozart history.

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