Concert
Chris Pichler, Haydn-Ensemble Wiesbaden | DE

Mozarts Frauen

Mozart's Women: a Musical Reading
Performed in German

Chris Pichler, Gloria Rehm, Haydn Ensemble Wiesbaden
Photo: Peter Brechtel

He may have received his formal training from his father, but it was the women in Mozart’s life who inspired and influenced him the most. Women like his loving mother Anna Maria with her warmth, humour and calming influence, who sadly died in a poorly heated room while her son was entertaining in the salons of Parisian aristocracy. There was his beloved sister Maria Anna (“Nannerl"), also a Wunderkind and an important interpreter of his works, who unceremoniously disappeared from the scene; and of course Anna Maria Thekla, known as “das Bäsle” (little cousin), with whom Mozart exchanged the many famous, erotic letters. The four Weber daughter, with their dubious reputation, were also an important influence: the first, Aloysia, broke his heart but still became an important artistic companion; Constanze became his “geliebtes Weibchen” (beloved woman/wife) at age 20 and buried him a mere 9 years later; Josepha was his first Queen of the Night; and Sophie was the one who wrote the well-known testimony concerning his life and death.

Among many other possible or actual lovers, the lively Nany Storace is another who stands out. She was a Wunderkind just like Mozart, equally unconventional and restless in her artistic expression, and would be his first Susanna in “Le nozze die Figaro”.

These women loved Mozart and he, in turn, adored and paid homage to them for that. The result is some of the most erotic music of the past centuries. He wrote in one of his letters: “If I had to marry everybody I’ve been having fun with, I’d easily have 200 wives” – there is however no doubt that he composed for many of them.

“Mozarts Frauen” pays homage to the great master and to the many women in his life, through music, autobiographical and historical documents and letters.

Cast

Concept & Narration Chris Pichler
Soprano Gloria Rehm
Haydn Ensemble Wiesbaden
Piano Erika le Roux
Flute Thomas Richter
Violin Uta Lorenz, Judith Hiller-Schumann
Viola Pamela Kremer
Cello Tobias Galler