Mozart &
Material Culture

Souvenirs

Between 15 September and 8 October 1789, during the Austro-Turkish War, the Habsburg army under Field Marshall Ernst Gideon Laudon laid siege to the Ottoman forces at the fortress of Belgrade. The successful siege lasted until 1791 when the fortress was return to the Ottomans under the Treaty of Sistova.

Anonymous, Belagerung Belgrads durch die k. k. Armee unter Feldmarschall Loudon, 1789 (engraving)

Anonymous, Belagerung Belgrads durch die k. k. Armee unter Feldmarschall Loudon, 1789 (engraving)


Mozart Relevance

The death of Laudon on 14 July 1790 led the Viennese art dealer Müller to construct a mausoleum in his memory, and for which Mozart composed the Adagio and Allegro K594.

Category/Role
War
Date 1
1789-09-15
Date 2
1789-10-08

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Souvenir and expression in Mozart’s music

W. A. Mozart, Music for the memorial to Field Marshall Gideon Laudon