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1762 – Constanze Weber – Mozart’s Wife

1762 – Constanze Weber – Mozart’s Wife

One of the more recent theories assumes that Constanze Weber spent a lot of money on herself, especially on her mother and sisters, which led to the fact that the poor Mozart was almost constantly in debt, despite his enviable earnings.

On this day Mozart’s wife, Constanze Weber, was born. She was one of the four sisters of the Weber family – daughters of a German musician named Fridolin Weber. All four sisters (according to age: Josepha, Aloysia, Constanze, and Sophie) received a musical education, and the two oldest – Josepha and Aloysia – became prominent sopranos.

Mozart met the Weber family while he was in the German city of Mannheim seeking employment. Wolfgang was 21 years old and he became close to the entire Weber family. Interestingly, Mozart did not initially fell in love with Constanze (who was only 15 years old), but with her 17-year-old sister Aloysia. However, Aloysia rejected him and soon afterword married widower Joseph Lange.

Several years later Mozart, as well as the Webers, moved to Vienna and he again came in contact with the family. Constanze was now already 19 years old and Mozart began courting her. Both her and his family disagreed about them being together, but Mozart was persistent and eventually the two of them got married.

From Mozart’s letters written to his wife, it is clear that he loved her tenderly and emotionally. However, one unexplained issue was the constant outflow of Mozart’s money. One of the more recent theories assumes that Constanze spent a lot of money on herself, especially on her mother and sisters, which led to the fact that the poor Mozart was almost constantly in debt, despite his enviable earnings.

Constanze’s behavior towards Mozart at the time of his death is also unexplained. Namely, in that period she spent a lot of time in a spa near Vienna, spending money and staying there with the young Franz Xaver Süssmayr. One new theory speculates that this young man was her lover, but there is no hard evidence of that. Mozart worked himself almost to death at that time, trying to earn as much money for her. Overall, after Mozart’s death Constanze did not even pay for a decent funeral, so the whereabouts of Wolfgang’s grave are still unknown today.

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