Mozart family in Frith Street


Mozart family in Frith Street

This is where Mozart lived and gave performances for the public.

Location: 20 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4RN

Description: An 8-year-old Wolfgang Mozart stayed here with his father Leopold Mozart and his sister Nannerl in 1764–5, during a well-publicised European musical tour. They lodged here at 15 'Thrift Street', now, after much numbering, 20/21 Frith Street.

They stayed with a 'staymaker' called Thomas Williamson.

By June 1765 finances were suffering so Wolfgang's father Leopold invited the public to come and pay to hear the children play, and to test Wolfgang Amadeus by 'giving him anything to play at Sight, or any music without Bass, which he will write upon the Spot.'

The young Mozart gave daily afternoon public recitals, and published his Opus 3 (Violin Sonatas, KV 10–15) from here. The current buildings were rebuilt in 1858 and again in the 20th Century.

The famed miniaturist artist Jean-Baptiste Troye exhibited dioramas (scale models of landscapes) from this address in the early 1800s.

From March 1914 this was also the registered address of the Menchen Film Company Ltd - head office for Joseph Menchen, an American inventor and theatrical lighting designer with his own profitable electrical equipment business.

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Mozart family in Frith Street

This is where Mozart lived and gave performances for the public.

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