Giddy sugarplum or calculating bitch? Mozart's biographers show disdain for his Konstanze. Mozart's wife aroused strong feelings among her contemporaries: for example, her inlaws despised her. Her husband's Viennese friends eagerly gossiped about her as well. Nonetheless, Mozart's letters attest both to his affection for Konstanze and to their powerful sexual bond. She bore six children while presiding over the unstable household of the world's first superstar. As a widow, Konstanze paid off his debts, provided for their children, and relentlessly mythologized the life of her brilliant husband. Why, then, did she never bother to mark her illustrious husband's grave?
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Twenty-some years of research and pondering went into "Mozart's Wife." Possessed by the spirit of Mozart and by his music, I wanted to discover the truth of his short, brilliant life. It seemed to me that no one on earth knew him as intimately as his wife, so it was her story I wanted to learn. Of course, this was easier said than done. The Mozart Family Letters were an invaluable resource in which I searched for the details of the day-to-day and clues about the two central characters . As I learned more, I began to understand the problems of our foremothers, when biology was, inexorably, destiny. Despite the difficulties and frequent emotional discomfort, I wanted to travel to that time and place, to actually live there, not as a tourist marveling at "odd" customs or fancy dress, but as an inhabitant of a genuine--sometimes gritty, sometimes glamorous--18th Century world.From the Author:
Twenty years of obsessive research and a great deal of pondering on the material, the few facts, and the gossip I gathered, produced "Mozart's Wife."
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Book Description Infinity Publishing.com, 2001. Book Condition: Good. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP82145447
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