Constanze had three sisters, two older and one younger, and all four trained to be wonderful singers. But he also offers moments of pure, unbridled joy, none more overwhelming than the finale of his “Posthorn” Serenade. And when I was secretary of state, I had a chance to play a few lines from it on Mozart’s own piano at the festival in Vienna celebrating the 250th anniversary of his birth. Just think of 35-year-old Mozart writing this in the summer of 1791, to thank his friend for setting his wife Constanze up at a resort while she was pregnant with their sixth child. I did stop many times and wonder how two people that take things so literal would have accomplished this feat. Additionally, Mozart faced a very difficult task in getting his father’s permission for the marriage with Constanze. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. The clarinet held a special place in Mozart’s heart. Mozart made grand plans to take her to Italy and start her in a career in opera, but his father Leopold, who never trusted the Weber family, persuaded him against it. As the curtains slowly open, they not only unfold a love story, they also open the doors to the brilliant composer, Mozart. Modernist complexity and Classical-era transparency are often presumed to be at odds. I'm definitely rooting for them to stay together. I had a cute,dear, friend refer this to me. Nevertheless, Mozart stayed in close touch with the Weber family, and on December 15, 1781, he wrote again to his father revealing his plans to marry: “Owing to my disposition, which is more inclined to a peaceful and domesticated existence than to revelry, I, who from my youth up have never been accustomed to look after my belongings, linen clothes and so forth, cannot think of anything more necessary to me than a wife…A bachelor in my opinion is only half alive.”. In 1779, the Webers moved to Vienna and just one month after they arrived, Fridolin died. In the beginning, the clarinet unspools long, placid lines over an undulating haze of strings, setting a mood of pastoral peace. Will be interested in hearing Riah's take on the story and the disease and our January book g. This book is co or tri-written by two people with Asperger's who eventually meet, fall in love, marry, divorce and remarry. Quite striking. Surviving correspondence suggests that the couple briefly split in April 1782, following an episode of jealousy after a young man measured Constanze’s calves in a parlour game. For someone who didn't socialize t. It was really interesting to read about Aspergers from a couple who grew up in an era before anybody knew what Asperger's was. In many ways, she was the ideal wife for a composer, something which Mozart heartily believed. “Giovanni” has everything. So much of the play is underscored with his music, which is more common to do in film. They both lived truly lonely lives. I really appreciated the insights into the thought processes and behaviors of those with Asperger's Syndrome. At yovisto academic search you can watch a disection of Mozart’s most famous ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik‘ from the La Jolla Music Society: SummerFest. When Jerry and Mary married, they were catapulted into the limelight. This book allows you to see how people under the autism spectrum may think and feel. How Did Aristocrats Listen to Classical Music. She embodies the morality and strength that has been lacking throughout the opera. I did it for 11 months, the longest run I’ve ever had in a play. Instead the switch back and forth making especially the early chapters confusing. That was chilling, hundreds of years later, to be so physically close to him. Many letters went back and forth between Mozart and Leopold, often with Mozart praising the talents of his love and Leopold standing his ground and refusing to let his mind be changed. Further postponement is out of the question.” Just five days later on August 4th, 1782 the couple were married at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. The two main characters, Mary and Jerry, have my admiration in trying to function in a world that often does not make sense to them. I loved this book! When will the daylight greet my sight?” and an unseen chorus whispers “Soon, soon, soon, fair youth — or never.” I love Mozart’s operas because they connect us not only to him but to all of humanity, reminding us that we suffer the same heartbreaks, giggle at the same dumb jokes and feel the same grief as audiences through the centuries. Quite striking. “Figaro” is perfect. Lisa in this document reviews the alienation that was prevalent between people at that time. During her final years, Constanze’s two surviving sisters, Aloysia and Sophie, moved to Salzburg and they all lived out their lives together. Hundreds of thousands of people immigrate to the U.S. every year on the dream of a new life full of opportunity and subsequently, success. Some of the biggest books out this fall promise to be epics full of magic, adventure,... A riveting and inspiring memoir about a couple who fell in love, fell apart, and finally overcame the pressures of fame, family, and Asperger's syndrome to build a life together.When Jerry and Mary Newport met, the connection was instant; neither had ever felt more comfortable. (Man, we really treated people with developmental differences and mental illnesses VERYbadly, and still do!) I played it for the Kurtags — Gyorgy and Marta, when she was still there. A hint: Mozart and the whale are Halloween costumes. Psychology students or those interested in Aspergers Syndrome. For Jerry, Growing up in the proto-masculine era of the 50's and 60's seemed to define his early relationships with and treatment of women. Now the curtains are pulled back and the spotlights are shining, now sit back, relax and watch as the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart unfolds. Then, find a trash can, write down all your negative traits- not necessarily what you've been told not to like, but what it is that doesn't make you feel good about yourself. To make ends meet, Constanze’s mother, Cacilia, took on boarders in the house in which they lived. When two adult autistics (46 and 38) decide to marry, it's a set-up for failure. The ensemble is briefly gripped by tension before Mozart passes his magic wand over the music and merriment returns. Being married to a man who has Asperger's, as well as having a son who has it, this book was of particular interest to me. So nice to be able to read an autobiographical account rather than an outsiders' perspective on living, coping, and dealing with regular life situations with a different outlook and expectation. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. They shared so much of themselves and I was blessed to be allowed a glimpse into their lives. A great resource for educators and parents dealing with special needs children with autism. As an autistic person I noticed I tend to dislike books about people with autism/Asperger's. (This performance is on CD 39 of the Stockhausen edition available at This book definitely isn't a "smiling through the tears" type of tale! But the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s bright, buoyant way of conducting this Mozart flute concerto puts the lie to that assumption. The two main characters, Mary and Jerry, have my admiration in trying to function in a world that often does not make sense to them. It was wonderful to read this book after seeing the not-so-great or accurate (albeit entertaining) movie. At first he fell in love with Constanze’s eldest sister, Aloysia, a singer of some promise but little experience. One of my favorite quotes: "Here's what I'd tell those people out there like Jerry and me, who are trying to make their relationships work: Get a shoe box, decorate it up, and turn it into a treasure chest. Both Jerry and Mary think they have found true love but life gets in the way and they end up separating. Mozart didn’t write a note that isn’t worth hearing.