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Constanze Mozart is a historical and biographical novel about a woman who through her marriage to firstly, perhaps the world’s greatest composer ever, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and later to the Danish diplomat Georg Nikolaus Nissen, broke all theMoreConstanze Mozart is a historical and biographical novel about a woman who through her marriage to firstly, perhaps the world’s greatest composer ever, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and later to the Danish diplomat Georg Nikolaus Nissen, broke all the rules of her time thus becoming the target of ignorant prejudices of both her own times but also those of posterity.Constanze Mozart’s disrepute is legendary, though totally without foundation in reality. These shards present us with a picture of quite a different and far more versatile Constanze, who underwent a metamorphosis of almost mythical proportions.From being a shy but zestful rococo girl working as a domestic servant in the home of her alcoholic mother and bankrupt father, her first marriage to Mozart, which was both highly erotic and unconventional, helped her develop a strong personality.The years she spent as Mozart’s poor widow turned her into a shrewd businesswoman. She arranged concerts with Mozart’s music across most of Europe, even persuading Beethoven, the bright new star in Vienna, to participate at a concert. She drove a hard bargain with the publishing houses, she paid off Mozart’s debts, and she managed to sustain herself as well as her two children.The few happy years in Vienna with Danish diplomat Georg Nikolaus Nissen, the new love in Constanze’s life, were abruptly put to an end by Napoleon’s invasion, occupation and plundering of Vienna, which Constanze experiences at first hand. During their dramatic escape to Pressburg the encounter the enemy, and from the widow of the inn they are staying at in Pressburg, they, albeit at a distance, experience some of the most bloody battles of the Napoleonic wars, in Aspern and Wagram. In Pressburg they also marry, having lived together ‘in sin’ for 18 years. They could not marry as Nikolaus was a person of rank and Constanze ‘merely’ the widow of a composer. But the Napoleonic wars turned the old way of life up side down. Their journey back to Vienna proved no less dramatic.When Constanze a few years later follow Nikolaus to his far-away home country, she comes to realise that life in war-torn Copenhagen, where she like some foreign, multi-coloured bird had to live up to the role of brave wife of diplomat, proved no bed of roses.Constanze Mozart died at the age of 80 (1762-1842) in Salzburg. She had survived both her husbands and she had witnessed a highly turbulent era in the history of Europe, and always with Mozart and his music as an unavoidable centre. Her dramatic life reflects a century filled with upheavals and it shows us a woman, whom we even today can see ourselves in and who is still very relevant. Both as a human being and as a woman.