Maria Anna was prohibited from performing when she turned 18 since she was of marriageable age, and appearing at concerts had become improper. The world thus lost a talented musician.
Everyone believed Maria Anna and Wolfgang Amadeus were equally smart when they were little. But Mozart remained Mozart, and Maria Anna became a music teacher and the wife of a despised man. And it’s all because she was raised nicely and followed her father’s advice in everything.
Nanerrl, as she was known in the family, was a delightful harpsichordist as a little child. Along with Wolfgang, she went on a European tour with her father. With their modest stature and incredible musicianship, the musicians captivated spectators.
Maria Anna’s talent as a performer developed quickly; by the time she was ten, she was playing the most challenging concerts, and before long, she was making a solid living by performing her father’s compositions.
Leopold Mozart declared that Maria Anna, who is just 12 years old, is one of Europe’s best pianists.
Yet according to her father’s parenting philosophy, the boy was a prodigy and a future star, while the girl was his dependable duet partner. It is true that Maria Anna did not start writing music until later than Wolfgang. But, given that her dad did not encourage her to compose, that was probably the case.
She submitted a piece she had written herself to her father and Wolfgang as an adult, and they both greatly enjoyed it.
Wolfgang Amadeus encouraged his older sister to continue pursuing music by encouraging her to write and perform concerts. He also tried to help her in anything he could. He claimed that Maria Anna was the best harpsichordist he had ever witnessed.
Yet, women’s freedom of choice was limited in Europe at the start of the previous century. It took a lot of strength and the audacity to rebel against her father and even society for her to succeed professionally, establish herself in her field, and stay true to her calling. Maria Anna wasn’t extremely physically fit and was also quite young.
The girl’s father instructed her to cease performances when she became 18 years old. The prodigy at the harpsichords, the wonder girl, was adorable. An adult girl performing on a music hall stage was already rather lewd. It was appropriate for her to consider her spouse, her children, and her home since she was of marriageable age.
It was up to Wolfgang Amadeus to manage his own life. He chose for himself. All of Maria Anna’s decisions were determined by her father. And she was not happy as a result. She shared a romantic relationship with the chamberlain Franz Armand d’Hippolde. She was not allowed to accept Franz’s proposal because of her father. She now has a husband, thanks to him.
The outcome of Nannerl’s feminine fate was not favorable. She wed the 15 years her senior magistrate Johann Franz von Sonnenburg, in 1784 when she was 33 years old. Her spouse had five children and had been widowed twice.
Following their marriage, they moved into her mother’s home in St. Hilgen. Maria Anna eventually gave birth to three kids. Leopold Mozart, the grandson, took in the eldest son so that he might pursue music education.
She completely cut off communication with her renowned brother at this point, and following his marriage, she seldom spoke to him at all. She did, however, give his widow all the letters and documents she had saved to write his upcoming biography shortly after the untimely death of 35-year-old Wolfgang.
After her husband passed away in 1801, Maria Anna moved back to Salzburg with her kids. She taught adults and kids how to play the piano to support herself.
While she was a Salzburg resident, she earned the locals’ respect and admiration. She didn’t have a difficult life (as some authors of biographies claim). Even at 74, she became seriously ill toward the end of her life and lost sight.
Mozart Maria Anna passed away in 1829 at the age of 78 and was laid to rest in Salzburg’s St. Petra cemetery.
Since her mom, Anna Maria, was also born there, the house in St. Gilgen, where she and her husband lived for a considerable amount of time is now a museum devoted to the life of the Mozart family. There are also some music sheets with her works kept.