Mozart &
Material Culture

Souvenirs

Military man. Laudon joined Austrian military service in 1741, serving in the Third Silesian War (1758), at the Battle of Liegnitz (1760), as commander-in-chief of the Austrian armies in Bohemia and Moravia (1769) and in the War of the Bavarian Succession (1778). During the Austro-Turkish war (1787-1791), he distinguished himself in particular at the Siege of Belgrade (1789). 

Ernst Gideon, Freiherr von Laudon. Anonymous portrait in oils (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna)

Ernst Gideon, Freiherr von Laudon. Anonymous portrait in oils (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna)


Mozart Relevance

In 1791, Joseph Count Deym von Stritez erected a mausoleum in honour of Laudon for which Mozart composed the Adagio and Allegro K594.

Date 1
1717, Tootzen
Date 2
1790, Novy Jicin
Date (Mozart)
1790-1791
Location (Mozart)
Vienna
Bibliographic Reference
Janko, 1869; Kunisch, 1992

Pages referencing Laudon, Ernst Gideon von:

Souvenir and expression in Mozart’s music

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