Munich, Augsburg, Mannheim … and his First Great Love

A Waste of Time and Effort: The Search for Employment with his Mother Anna Maria Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with his sister Maria Anna und father Leopold, on the wall a portrait of his late mother Anna Maria

Oil painting by Johann Nepomuk della Croce (1736–1819) 1780-81 (International Mozarteum Foundation, Salzburg) Source: Wikimedia
Anna Maria Mozart

Anna Maria Mozart

Oil painting by Rosa Hagenauer-Barducci (1744–1809) c. 1775 (International Mozarteum Foundation, Salzburg) Source: Wikimedia

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was twenty-one years old. He was now a confident, playful young man looking for his place in life. His father, Leopold Mozart, who was forced to stay in Salzburg in the employ of Prince-Archbishop Colloredo, sent his wife Anna Maria Mozart to accompany their son on his search for gainful employment.

Both had a good time, but employment stayed out of reach. Mozart wrote in a letter to his father: “We both live like royalty,” and “I have even grown slightly fat.” After Munich the Mozarts travelled to Augsburg and Mannheim, where Wolfgang gave concerts and earned some money; his big goal, however, remained elusive. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was sometimes his own worst enemy. He was a confident young man lacking diplomacy and not afraid to speak his mind. Often perceived as arrogant and sometimes strangely child-like, he was not really the epitome of an honourable artist at a noble court.

How Much Is the World!?

Even without permanent employment Wolfgang enjoyed life to the full. Anna Maria Mozart returned to Salzburg and Wolfgang was supposed to travel to Paris to introduce himself to the court. But then he met the first great love of his life: Aloysia Weber, sister of his future wife. While his father was wringing his hands in Salzburg, Wolfgang tasted the sweet temptation of love. Instead of going to Paris he joined the Webers for a concert trip to The Hague. Leopold Mozart fumed with anger. Instead of finally finding employment, Wolfgang amused himself with the unmarried daughters of an impoverished family of musicians and even went so far as supporting them financially. Leopold sent Wolfgang's mother Anna Maria Mozart to check up on their son…