(born Constanze Weber
) (5 January 1762 – 6 March 1842) was the wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Constanze Weber was born in Zell im Wiesental
. Her mother was Cäcilia Weber
, née Stamm. Her father Fridolin Weber worked as a "double bass
and music copyist
." Fridolin's half-brother was the father of composer Carl Maria von Weber
. Constanze had two older sisters, Josepha
and one younger one, Sophie
. All were trained as singers, and Josepha and Aloysia both went on to distinguished musical careers, performing later on in the premieres of a number of Mozart's works.
During most of Constanze's upbringing, the family lived in her mother's hometown of Mannheim
, an important musical center of the time. The 21-year-old Mozart visited Mannheim in 1777 on a job-hunting tour with his mother
and developed a close relationship with the Weber family. He fell in love, not with the 15-year-old Constanze, but with Aloysia.
The month after the family moved to Vienna in 1779, again following Aloysia as she... Read More