Genetic Testing on Skull Thought to Be Mozart's Is Complete

Classic Arts News   Genetic Testing on Skull Thought to Be Mozart's Is Complete
DNA samples may prove that a skull given to the International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg over a century ago belonged to Mozart, reports the Associated Press.

Skull watchers will have to wait until January 8 to discover if the skull is Mozart's. Results of tests carried out last year by researchers at the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Innsbruck will be broadcast then on Austrian state television.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Walther Parson told Austrian broadcaster ORF that DNA comparisons with the remains of several of Mozart's relatives, exhumed from the family vault in Salzburg, "succeeded in getting a clear result." He said the results have been verified by a U.S. Army laboratory.

Mozart died in 1791 and was buried in a pauper's grave in Vienna. The skull eventually found its way to the Salzburg-based Mozarteum, a non profit organization dedicated to the composer, in 1902.

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