One of the more famous monuments in Vienna is that of Mozart, which currently takes pride of place in the Burggarten not far from the Albertina Museum.
The composer, chiseled in marble, stands confidently on the large pedestal that dominates the top half. The lower section includes several scenes carved in relief and a bevy of happy cherubs, like this kissing pair that cling to the side of the monument on the right side, about midway between the base and the tip of Wolfgang’s head.
I was delighted as a marble cherub when I received this CD, a recording of Mozart’s Gran Partita, which features a photo I took of those cherubs in Vienna back in 2007. I think it works quite nicely with the piece, a serenade in seven movements beautifully interpreted by the Stuttgart Winds Ensemble. You can listen to a part of it here:[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/77632651″ width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
A bit more on the statue – created by Viktor Tilgner, it was unveiled on April 21, 1896 at the Albertinaplatz, just five days before the sculptor died. Heavily damaged in 1945 during the waning months of the second World War, it was restored in 1953 and moved to its present home in the Burggarten.