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Tuesday, October 11, 2005 Bookmark Now! | Email to a friend  

Did Mozart have a wife and kids?

I headed to the Yahoo! Mozart category to discover if Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart was ever a husband or a father. When I arrived, I discovered about two dozen web sites that could help in our search. Our first stop was The Mozart Project, a site deemed cool enough to warrant the Yahoo! sunglasses (). The Mozart Project gives an overview of the life, times, and music of Mozart. I visited the Biography section and, after quite a bit of searching, I finally found some information about Mozart's family.

I learned that Mozart married Constanze Weber at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna on August 4, 1782. In June of the next year, Mozart's first child, Raimund Leopold, was born. Sadly, according to the biography, the child died two months later.

Next I visited a web site titled simply Amadeus. The site turned out to be a personal web page that discusses the life and music of the great composer. It was at this site's Biography section that we found the following interesting tidbit:

It has been told that Mozart once said, "Since I could not have one sister, I married the other." Whether or not this quote is true, the facts remain the same. Three and a half years after a young musician named Aloysia Weber refused Mozart's marriage proposal, he married her younger sister Constanze, on August 4, 1782.

I eventually learned that from June 1783 to July 1791, Constanze bore six children. Tragically, only two of the children survived into adulthood. The elder of the two, Karl Thomas, became a minor official on the staff of the viceroy of Naples in Milan. The younger son, Franz Xaver Wolfgang, composed and conducted extensively throughout Europe, although he never garnered the fame of his father

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