I'm honored to know you, fellow members of the WolfGang. My ambition is validated and fueled by your impassioned hearts. You are a re...Tuesday, September 04, 2012
The WolfGang: A Readership in Profile
I'm honored to know you, fellow members of the WolfGang. My ambition is validated and fueled by your impassioned hearts. You are a readership, more so a community, that's unique to my story. From our exchanges via social media to your participation in my events and initiatives, you are a dedicated and active constituency representing a larger idea. My work is all about you. I embarked on this journey with the purpose of devoting myself to people and preservation. Mozart only truly lives on through the actions we take as audience members, musicians and scholars, but even more powerful is the shared human experience which is sacredly and sustainably Mozart. This is The Chronicles.
In gratitude and recognition, I invited readers to submit a short entry along with related media about their relationship to Mozart and The Chronicles. I received submissions from nine Mozartians in the United Kingdom, Brazil, The Netherlands, Sweden, Canada and the United States. Although they represent only a fraction of the individuals I've met through this platform, they offer a profile of the true character of my readership. They are unique, diverse and immensely passionate. Meet the WolfGang!
You are a star, Sherry! You have found a way to keep the flame of Mozart's genius alive and vibrant, and a way for many of us in the worldwide Mozartean community to remain both connected and engaged. Brava, Sherry, brava! You are the curator of Mozartiana, a modern-day Schauspieldirektor of all things Mozartean, the head chef of cuisine called "Everyday Mozart," the preservationist of Mozartean lore, a meticulous revisionist who constantly strives to put the truth about Mozart and his accomplishments as epicentric in our daily discourse, and the bringer of essential relevance to our times of a genius who died tragically young 221 years ago, before his work was done. You make Mozart essential, foundational, living. Thank you.
Henryette Weijmar Schultz
I happened to get to know Sherry through Tom Hulce who played Mozart in Amadeus. We were fans of him and we had a sort of club on the internet with other people who admired his talent. She was told that I painted Mozart and had an exhibition called "Mozart and I" in 2006. She invited me on her site to tell my story. Ever since we've been in contact especially where Mozart is concerned. So I told her that when I was born, Mozart played for me, my mother said. I guess there was soft Mozart music playing when she delivered. Mozart has ever been in my surrounding and stretches his hands through his music out to me when I am painting, playing the piano or just doing other things or just nothing.
In 2003, I happened to meet Frau Theresia Fiala, a well known name in Mozart history (Nannerl had a friend called Fiala, see her diary). She is an elderly lady who lives in Salzburg! She invited me to have an exhibition for three months in Mozarts Geburtshaus (Mozart's birthplace). And so it happened. The greatest event so far in my life. Every time when I called her she asked me if the paintings could be there a little longer for everyone liked them so much. I ended up being there for two and a half years! Another highlight for me was when I stood eye to eye with Mozart's "Verzeichis aller meiner Werke." (Mozart's catalog). The authentic one. Over this Verzeichnis Mozart had bent, worked in it, seen his face, seen him move, knows what he really looked like, seen the people around him, his child, and Constanze, of course. Waauw! I ended up crying...
When I am in Salzburg his spirit surrounds me everywhere. I read many books about him and love to read the books that are written in German about the Mozarts! Travel with them and so on. I never forget to visit his sister at St. Peterfriedhof and his father Leopold who lies at St. Sebastiansfriedhof together with Konstanze. In Vienna, we always travel far to visit the great Master himself. He lies there in an ocean of rest and is omnipresent! Through his music I am lifted up and gather my spirits for all things in life!
*This is one of Henryette's paintings of Mozart. Notice all of the beautiful details, including the Stock silverpoint and Vienna's Burgtheater. Immaculate!