Did you know Mozart had a sibling? Here’s her story…

Maria Anna was barred from performing when she turned 18 since she was of marriageable age, and attending performances had become inappropriate. As a result, the world has lost a gifted musician.

When they were little, everyone thought Maria Anna and Wolfgang Amadeus were equally intelligent. But Mozart remained Mozart, and Maria Anna married a disliked man and became a music teacher. And it’s all because she was reared well and always followed her father’s instructions.

As a child, Nanerrl, as she was known in the family, was a wonderful harpsichordist. She accompanied Wolfgang on a European tour with her father. The musicians charmed spectators with their small stature and excellent playing.

Maria Anna’s aptitude as a singer blossomed swiftly; by the age of 10, she was participating in the most difficult concerts, and before long, she was earning a living by performing her father’s works.

Maria Anna, who is only 12 years old, was named one of Europe’s top pianists by Leopold Mozart.

However, her father’s parenting ethic held that the boy was a prodigy and a potential star, while the girl was his trusty duet companion. Maria Anna did not begin writing music until much later than Wolfgang. But, given that her father did not encourage her to write, that was most likely the case.

As an adult, she presented a piece she had written herself to her father and Wolfgang, and they both appreciated it.

Wolfgang Amadeus pushed his older sister to write and give concerts in order to encourage her to continue pursuing music. He also tried to assist her in every way he could. He declared Maria Anna to be the best harpsichordist he had ever seen.

Women’s freedom of choice, however, was limited in Europe at the turn of the century. To thrive professionally, establish herself in her industry, and stay true to her passion, she needed a lot of courage and strength to go against her father and even society. Maria Anna wasn’t in great shape, and she was also pretty young.

When the girl reached the age of 18, her father asked her to stop performing. The harpsichord prodigy, the wonder girl, was adorable. An adult girl playing on a music hall stage was already somewhat obscene. Since she was of marriageable age, she should think about her spouse, her children, and her home.

Wolfgang Amadeus had to handle his own life. He made the decision for himself. Her father dictated all of Maria Anna’s decisions. As a result, she was dissatisfied. She was in a relationship with chamberlain Franz Armand d’Hippolde. Because of her father, she was not permitted to accept Franz’s proposal. Because of him, she now has a husband.

Nannerl’s feminine fate did not turn out well. Johann Franz von Sonnenburg, 15 years her senior magistrate, married her when she was 33 years old in 1784. Her husband had five children and was twice widowed.

They moved into her mother’s house in St. Hilgen after their marriage. Maria Anna eventually had three children. The grandson, Leopold Mozart, took in the eldest son so that he might pursue music studies.

She severed off touch with her famous brother at this point, and after his marriage, she hardly communicated to him at all. She did, however, give his widow all of the letters and documents she had kept in order to write his impending biography shortly after Wolfgang’s unexpected death at the age of 35.

Maria Anna returned to Salzburg with her children after her husband died in 1801. To support herself, she taught adults and children how to play the piano.

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.

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