Schloss Stuppach, Mozart, Mozart Requiem
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Own a Piece of Musical History: Schloss Stuppach, of Mozart Requiem Fame, is up for Auction

Imagine owning the very place where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Requiem in 1792. Now, this historic castle, known as Schloss Stuppach, located at the base of the Austrian ski town of Semmering, is set to go up for auction, offering a chance to immerse yourself in music history and centuries-old charm.

Built in 1130, this approximately 900-year-old castle boasts a grandeur that spans 50 rooms over a lavish 26,909 square feet, nestled on 3.7 acres of picturesque land. Having hosted visitors including Napoleon Bonaparte, Pope Pius VI, Princess Isabella von Bourbon-Parma, and Emperor Franz Stephan von Lothringen, Schloss Stuppach is steeped in history.

Previously listed for $13.127 million, this castle is now ready for bidding, with Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions managing the sale starting December 1. The four-story residence combines modern amenities like a cinema, library, and extensive entertaining spaces with old-world allure, featuring a chapel and even a dungeon.

Beyond its architectural splendor, Schloss Stuppach holds a special place in the world of music. It was within these walls that Mozart composed his hauntingly beautiful Requiem. Mozart passed away in 1791 at the age of 35, leaving the Requiem unfinished. A completed version dated 1792 by Franz Xaver Süssmayr was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg in 1792.

Over the years, the castle has been a hub for cultural events, serving as a world-class attraction and event center for music performances and lectures. Current independent businesses within its walls include a castle shop, a “club salon,” and an “experience theater.”

If the allure of Mozart’s musical legacy and a piece of architectural history captivates you, share this article with fellow enthusiasts. The chance to own Mozart’s final residence is an opportunity like no other. Thank you for sharing!

Source: New York Post · by Hannah Frishberg · November 20, 2023

Brenda Neece, DPhil (Oxon), is a cellist, organologist, writer, and teacher specializing in the history of the cello.