At several stages within the more than thousand years of its existence, the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg’s court chapel achieved an outstanding reputation within Europe. Musicians who made their contribution to the development of occidental music, such as Paul Hofhaimer, Johann Stadlmayr, Tiburtius Massaini, Stefano Bernardi, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Georg Muffat, Johann Ernst Eberlin, Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Michael Haydn, lived and worked in Salzburg and were – at different times − part of the chapel.
While a large part of the music composed for the court has been lost, the sacred music has been preserved, kept safe in a room on the first floor of the cathedral since the time of its consecration (1628). Today this collection is stored in the air-conditioned depots of the newly erected Archive of the Archdiocese Salzburg (AES), which offers excellent conditions for preservation and use.
The RISM Salzburg working group was founded in 2007 to catalog these holdings.
Proceedings "Keine Chance für Mozart" published
Eva Neumayr, Lars Laubhold (eds.): Keine Chance für Mozart: Fürsterzbischof Hieronymus Colloredo und sein letzter Hofkapellmeister Luigi Gatti (1740-1817), head of project: Ernst Hintermaier, collaboration: Alessandro Lattanzi, Libreria Musicale Italiana, Lucca, 2013 (Veröffentlichungen zur Salzburger Musikgeschichte 10, Musicologica Transalpina 2, Schriftenreihe des Archivs der Erzdiözese Salzburg 12) …
1 July 2014 – Events
Article about Haydn's Creation in Salzburg online
An article about the reception of Haydn’s oratorio The Creation in Salzburg by Lars Laubhold, member of the RISM Working Group Salzburg, is now available at RISM.info (in German).
1 July 2011 – Library collections
No Chance for Mozart. Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo and the Musicians of his Court
Luigi Gatti (1740-1817), a composer much revered by his contemporaries, spent the first half of his life in Mantua. There he was ordained priest before he dedicated himself to music. As a musician at the court chapel Santa Barbara in Mantua, and especially as an opera composer, he became famous...
1 February 2011 – Events