Mozart and Love

“Without my Constanze I cannot be happy and merry.”

Love scene from Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro"

Anonymous watercolour 19th century Source: Wikimedia
Aloysia Lange, née Weber, as Zémire in André Grétry's opera

Aloysia Lange, née Weber, as Zémire in André Grétry's opera "Zémire et Azor"

Oil painting by Giovanni Battista Lampi the Elder (1751–1830) c. 1784 (lost) Source: Wikimedia

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was everything but an Adonis. Small, with pock marks on his face, he was not exactly the epitome of masculinity. But he possessed a sense of humour, with a weakness for crude jokes, was open and honest and loved and enjoyed life to the full.

In his early twenties, when he came to Augsburg with his mother to find employment, he had a crush on his cousin Maria Thekla Mozart, his beloved “bunny cousin”. Some of the letters full of jokes have survived until today.

One year later, he fell more seriously in love with Aloysia Weber, the oldest daughter of a Viennese family of musicians, who had accompanied him to The Hague in 1778. He wrote several soulful arias for the young soprano, but she declined his proposal.

… and a Weber Girl Again

When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart went to Vienna, he moved into a fully furnished room in the house of the Weber family – and met Constanze Weber. He married her against the will of his father and under the suspicious scrutiny of the widowed mother of Constanze, Cäcilia Weber. Despite all this, the marriage was to be a happy one, as many letters between the spouses prove. Constanze Mozart was a great support to her unconventional husband. She was musical, capable of managing a household, and enabled him to compose without interruptions. In the nine years until Mozart’s death, she gave birth to six children. He separated from her only unwillingly, and when the two were apart, he wrote her passionate letters full of longing.