Stamps (Philately)/music on stamps


Dear sir:

Hungary issued a souvenir sheet no.3311, what does the music
Vatican issued a stampin 2006, featuring Mozart and some music
can you identifythe music?
Austria issued a FDC on 5.12.2011 with essays in German and English can  you identify the music?
I certainly appreciate your expertise.
Thanks, Geoprge

Hello George,

Hungary 1991:
The music on the s/s is from Mozart's own index of his works, showing the first notes of different compositions. From the top:
1) 1st aria from "The Magic Flute"
2) First notes of the overture "La Clemence de Titus"
3) First notes of  the choir of the priests from "The Magic Flute"
4) Theme of the Concerto for clarinet (KV 622)
5) First notes of the Little Masonic Cantata (KV623)

Vatikan 2006:
The music on the stamp is from Exsultate, jubilate (KV 165), written in 1773.
This religious solo motet was composed at the time Mozart was visiting Milan.
It was written for the castrato Venanzio Rauzzini (today it is usually sung by a soprano).
The music on the s/s is from the Fantasy No. 1 with Fugue in C major, (KV 394), written in Vienna in 1782.

Austria 2011:
Austria as well as many other countries, doesn't issue "official" FDCs. Hence, there are many different variants of FDCs with different designs. Maybe I can help if you send me a scanned image. The basis of the notation on the sheet margin of the Austrian stamp issued on 5.12.2011 is Papageno's aria from the Magic Flute. However, there are small changes of the melody as well as of the text. So far it is not clarified which source has been used for the stamp design.

By the way: It seems that you are working hard on details for your Mozart exhibit. Have you ever thought about becoming a member of the International Philatelic Music Study Group ?
(see and have a look to our magazine (a free copy is available there for download). This quarterly magazine has a lot of helpful information.

Kind regards

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