Mozart’s stay in the Netherlands commemorated with stamp sheet

Verblijf Mozart in Nederland herdacht met postzegelvel

The Hague, 17 May 2016 – 2016 marks 250 years since the young composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, stayed in the Netherlands for eight months. To mark this occasion, on 23 May PostNL will be bringing out the stamp sheet ‘Mozart in the Netherlands 1765–1766’. Mayor of Nijmegen, Hubert Bruls, received the first stamp sheet during a Mozart event held in Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen.

The new stamps show Mozart both as child prodigy and composer. Designer Robbert Zweegman used four historical images for the stamps: portraits of Mozart at the ages of seven and ten years old, a fragment of music composed by Mozart in the Netherlands, and the Müller organ in Haarlem. 

Instigator of travel to the Netherlands 

Nijmegen’s Mayor Hubert Bruls is proud of the first stamp sheet. “Nijmegen and the Mozart family have a rich history together. It was a Nijmegen nobleman, Count Van Welderen Jan Wallaard, who persuaded the family to come to the Netherlands in 1765. The ten year old Wolfgang Amadeus delivered a grand performance on 11 March 1766 at the inauguration of Governor Willem V in The Hague. It’s nice to see that the historic images chosen and the summary on the stamp sheet also really tell the story of his stay in the Netherlands.” 

Meaning of the stamp sheet 

Ton Gijsbers, former chair of the Gelre-Niederrhein Mozart Circle and Arend-Jan Weijsters, director of Museum Het Valkenhof, also received a framed stamp sheet. “The meaning that PostNL gives to Mozart’s stay in the Netherlands with the release of this stamp sheet is an extra incentive for our society to perform all of the music he composed in 1765 and 1766 during this Mozart Year,” said Ton Gijsbers. 

Availability 

The stamp sheet ‘Mozart in the Netherlands 1765–1766’ consists of ten stamps with two different images. These stamps are marked ‘Nederland 1’ and are intended for mail items up to 20g in weight with destinations in the Netherlands. The stamps are available at all Bruna stores as well as via Collectclub.nl. The stamps are valid until further notice.