Catalog No. 712
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Tonkunst, dich preis’ ich vor allen,
höchstes Los ist dir gefallen.
Aus der Schwesterkünste drei
du die frei’ste, einzig frei.”
(Music, I value you above all others,
yours be the highest praise.
Of the three sisters of the arts
you are the freest, the sole without limits.)
Text is the first stanza of a poem entitled Tonkunst (Music) written in 1826 by Franz Grillparzer.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is universally recognized as one of the great composers of the Classical period, and easily the most prolific. During his short lifetime he produced over 600 works, including more than 50 symphonies, as well as a wide variety of other compositions ranging from string quartets to lavish operas.
Second in a series of five composer steins, with Nos. 711, 713, 714 and 715.