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In February 1783, Mozart was a happy newlywed, an expectant father and a brilliant composer in the dawn of what he knew could be an illustrious career. In short, everything was going perfectly well for Mozart.

Well, almost everything. 

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I'm guessing it's rare these days that, on quitting their jobs, people receive a swift kick in the rump. But that was, in fact, how Mozart's employment at the court of the Archbishop of Salzburg came (no pun intended) to an end.

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In a previous episode of The Mozart Minute, Mozart had to defend himself when the legal guardian of his love interest, Constanze Weber, accused him of having dishonorable intentions toward Constanze.

That episode resulted in Mozart’s having to sign a written agreement that he intended to marry Constanze within three years’ time, or else would pay Constanze three hundred gulden per year.

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A previous episode of The Mozart Minute might have given you the impression that, among citizens of the animal kingdom, Mozart had enjoyed the company only of dogs. Not so. 

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The angel of death visited Mozart in December 1791. Then the angel of debt besieged Mozart's widow for years to come.

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How tall was Mozart? What color were his eyes? Did he ever pretend to be a cat?

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In the final year of his life, Mozart composed his piano variations on the aria Ein Weib ist das herrlichste Ding – “A Wife Is the Most Glorious Thing” – from a Singspiel by his friend the singer and composer Benedikt Schack.

Judging solely from Mozart’s correspondence, Schack’s aria could easily have served as Mozart’s personal theme song.

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"Neither a borrower nor a lender be," said Polonius to his young adult son, Laertes, in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Personalities being what they are, Mozart was evidently a borrower.

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His genius secured his immortality despite his untimely death. His Requiem - ironically unfinished at his death - he believed he was composing for his own funeral.

Mozart may have been pursued by intimations of his own mortality, but he wasn't haunted by the idea of death. However, the death of his father, Leopold Mozart, may well have been a different story.

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Mozart on a marble pedestal? 

Sure, happens all the time.

Mozart at a street festival?

Well, that's different.

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By the time Mozart turned 30, his success as a composer was undeniable. But that didn't stop him from hitting up his friends for cash.

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More than 200 years after its premiere, Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro remains one of the best-loved comic operas in the repertoire. And if you think people like Figaro today, you should have seen - and heard - the audiences in Mozart's day.

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Picture it: Mozart at a masquerade ball gussied up as an ancient Middle Eastern prophet and spouting a made-up philosophy of riddles and off-color aphorisms.

Too silly even for Mozart? Nope.

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It's fascinating to imagine what a day in the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart must have been like. Mozart's father had a chance to experience that first-hand at the height of his son's career.

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In a month full to bursting with concerts, Mozart's waistband might also have stretched a bit during February 1785 from all the fabulous food he enjoyed.

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As spring springs and nature emerges fresh and fragrant, even Mozart can't resist a posy - or, in this case, two.

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What does every betrothed woman want from her little brother on the eve of her wedding? A naughty poem, of course.

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It’s like a scene from one of Mozart’s operas – the master of the house snoops on his wayward maid and is shocked by what he learns.

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If you were a pianist or composer in Europe in Mozart’s day, you definitely had competition. 

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If you followed the previous episode of The Mozart Minute, then you likely wish to know how the birth of Wolfgang and Constanze’s firstborn turned out.

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If you’ve ever known an expectant father, then you’ve probably witnessed that unique mixture of masculine responsibility, fear and uncontainable excitement that soon-to-be first-time dads seem to embody.

Wolfgang Mozart was no different during his wife, Constanze’s, first pregnancy, and the closer Constaze’s due date came, the greater Mozart’s obvious anticipation of the birth.

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In February 1783, Mozart was a happy newlywed, an expectant father and a brilliant composer in the dawn of what he knew could be an illustrious career. In short, everything was going perfectly well for Mozart.

Well, almost everything. At the time, Mozart was having a bit of a cash flow issue. The details are a bit sketchy, but it seems Mozart owed a debt to a merchant, who had decided to call in the loan. 

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Almost any thumbnail sketch of Mozart shows a genius composer who never missed a good party. One particular Carnival season had Mozart all keyed up.

In the Catholic Austria of Mozart’s day, Carnival, the weeks leading up to the beginning of Lent, was a time for all manner of merrymaking, especially masquerade balls. During the 1783 Carnival season, Mozart was planning big fun.

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Despite all the hubbub surrounding Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s impromptu wedding to Constanze Weber in August 1782, the event itself was a joyous one for the young couple, and one Mozart considered nothing less than ordained by God.

On August 7, three days after the wedding, Mozart wrote to his father, Leopold Mozart, of weeping tears of joy at his wedding. “When we had been joined together,” Mozart wrote, “both my wife and I began to weep. All present, even the priest, were deeply touched and all wept to see how much our hearts were moved.” (trans. Emily Anderson)

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If you’ve seen the film Amadeus or have followed the previous episodes of The Mozart Minute podcast, then you know that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father, Leopold, had an intensely complicated relationship.

Mozart’s wedding to Constanze Weber in August 1782 helped extricate him from the clutches of his emotionally needy father and set him on the path of his own adulthood.