Mozart’s Magnificent Love letters: from Brain Pickings, a free weekly newsletter.

Mozart’s Magnificent Love Letter to His Wife
by Maria Popova
“If people could see into my heart I should almost feel ashamed.”

It’s hardly surprising that humanity’s most beautiful minds — the creative visionaries who bequeath us with the finest works of art, music, and literature — should also be the ones who author the most bewitching love letters, that highest form of what Virginia Woolf called “the humane art.” One particularly heartwarming specimen of the genre comes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756–December 5, 1791) — doubly so for the unusual start of the romance that would become the love of his life.

In late 1777, Mozart fell in love with Aloysia Weber — one of four daughters in a highly musical family. Despite the early cultivation of his talent, he was only just beginning to find self-actualization; she, on the other hand, was already a highly successful singer. (A century later, another great composer — Tchaikovsky — would tussle with the same challenge.) Despite her initial interest, Aloysia ultimately rejected his advances.

Over the next few years, Mozart established himself not only as the finest keyboard player in Vienna, but also as a promising young composer. When the father of the family died in 1782, the Webers began renting their house to lodgers to make ends meet. Young Mozart moved in, and soon fell in love with Constanze — the third Weber daughter.

On August 4, 1782, the two were married and remained together, very much in love, until Mozart’s death nine years later.mozart_constanze6

Shortly before his sudden death, in a letter from September of 1790 found in Love Letters of Great Men (public library) — a collection of romantic correspondence featuring Lord Byron, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Voltaire, Leo Tolstoy, and dozens more lovers of letters — Mozart writes to Constanze from Frankfurt, where he had gone seeking gainful employment to remedy the family’s financial downturn:

Dearest little Wife of my heart!

If only I had a letter from you, everything would be all right…

Dearest, I have no doubt that I shall get something going here, but it won’t be easy as you and some of our friends think. — It is true, I am known and respected here; but, well — No — let us just see what happens. — In any case, I do prefer to play it safe, that why I would like to conclude this deal with H… because I would get some money into my possession without having to pay any out; all I would have to do then is work, and I shall be only too happy to do that for my little wife.

After a getting a few more practical matters out of the way, Mozart fully surrenders to the poetical:

I get all excited like a child when I think about being with you again — If people could see into my heart I should almost feel ashamed. Everything is cold to me — ice-cold. — If you were here with me, maybe I would find the courtesies people are showing me more enjoyable, — but as it is, it’s all so empty — adieu — my dear — I am Forever

your Mozart who loves you
with his entire soul.

But even lovelier than the signature is the part that comes after it. Mozart violates in the most endearing of ways Lewis Carroll’s rule about postscript and writes:

PS. — while I was writing the last page, tear after tear fell on the paper. But I must cheer up — catch — An astonishing number of kisses are flying about — The deuce! — I see a whole crowd of them. Ha! Ha!… I have just caught three — They are delicious… I kiss you millions of times.

13 thoughts on “Mozart’s Magnificent Love letters: from Brain Pickings, a free weekly newsletter.

  1. preciouspen1955

    oh wow the last bit is like an explosion of musical notes, he managed to change the tempo completely ,wonderful to share this thank you , Virginia Woolf was right I think in expecting wonderful words from musicians and composers ,she was also right in her idea that in order to write a woman needs a room of her own , did she say once when looking for a book about something in particular and not finding it that the only cure was to go write it herself, how wonderful insightful that woman was, one of my favourites along with Simone De Beauvoir, oh that woman had some wonderful things to say , this post has me longing to study again , I loved finding out what these great writers had to say; hope there are more letters like this it is so interesting to know a little more about these artists. Happy Days, Kathy.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Kathy, maybe this will prompt you to write more about your favourite authors? I love the two you mentioned. Thanks for your enthusiastic response!! 🙂


  2. gerard oosterman

    I cannot wait for your return with a redemptive but filled so forlorn Coles trolley, overflowing with food to nourish my aching hungry body. Alas my Mastercard as void as before but not my love unrequited and burning tossing nightly upon my chaotic Beds-R-Us from Westfield magic.
    The Mortgage overrun with overdraft, but yet, with CBA, another stay of liquidation of our pebble- creted MacMansion so delight in bitumen Rozella Circuit Drive. The remote garage zinc alume door is trembling in anticipation of your arrival.. Come soon my dear. Chanel 9 is waiting and so am I., so urgently.
    Mozart 2016..

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