The Amadeus Deli

Weekdays noon-1pm

Want some Mozart for lunch? Join Jennifer Hambrick weekdays at noon for music by Mozart and his friends in the Amadeus Deli.

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.