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Bertramka, Prague

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Bertramka is a villa in Prague notable because of visits by Mozart. Now it is a museum dedicated to the memory of Mozart and to the former owners and Mozart’s hosts: František and Josefina Dušek. It is little known that Mozart's visits to the Bertramka are actually very scantily documented. No contemporary observer ever reported seeing him there, and Mozart himself never claimed to have stayed there in any of his surviving correspondence from Prague. There is furthermore no documentary basis to support widespread assertions that Mozart completed the operas Don Giovanni and La clemenza di Tito at the Bertramka, or indeed ever even worked on them there. Claims of frequent visits are not recorded before the nineteenth century. For his first visit to Prague (in January and February 1787), Mozart is only recorded to have stayed in the palace of Count Johann Joseph Franz von Thun-Hohenstein in Malá Strana. For the other two extended visits (October to November 1787 and August to September 1791), it is difficult to see how continuous residence at the Bertramka would have been practical for Mozart, since it was located far outside the city walls of Prague at the time, and it would have been necessary to "commute" daily into the city by some sort of conveyance in order to participate in the musical commitments that were expected of him. Only occasional visits are likely. The best evidence that he ever stayed there at all (and only during his second visit to Prague in October and November 1787) comes from his son Karl Thomas Mozart in a reminiscence of 1856. Karl Thomas was not present for the incident reported, rather only heard about it from friends of Mozart he met in Prague as a boy in the 1790s.
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  • One was mentioned in guidebooks, so I went to was closed. Looked on the Internet in 2009 closed store that is. I was in an abandoned building.
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  • I have to agree with other reviews that I read about this museum, but we were determined to see it. The attendant told us that many items (not available) due to some Court Cases suing for possession b...  more »
  • For those who like historical sites... ABANDONED... May be an option. He Museum Mozart's Prague is closed and seems to be that dismantling was by the step of the time. Rights and struggles of who owns the objects of Mozart have left the Museum with nothing of what he had. Now I do not know who should be blame but if what you want is to see a closed door and a camp of junkies... This is your place. Insist in that is a penalty that the place where is assumed that Mozart ended his Don Giovanni is is coming down by "problems" between administrations... Historically a loss of high grade!
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