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Classical 101

Mozart Minute: More Than Just Cupid Love

Despite all the hubbub surrounding Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's impromptu wedding to Constanze Weber in August 1782, the event itself was a joyous one for the young couple, and one Mozart considered nothing less than ordained by God. On August 7, three days after the wedding, Mozart wrote to his father, Leopold Mozart, of weeping tears of joy at his wedding. "When we had been joined together," Mozart wrote, "both my wife and I began to weep. All present, even the priest, were deeply touched and all wept to see how much our hearts were moved." (trans. Emily Anderson) In that same letter Mozart thanks Leopold in advance for his "fatherly blessing" on his marriage to Constanze. And while the devoutly Roman Catholic Mozart waited for a blessing from his earthly father, he seems to have received one from a higher power. On August 17, Mozart wrote his father, "Indeed for a considerable time before we were married," Mozart wrote,"we had always attended Mass and gone to confession and received Communion together; and I found that I never prayed so fervently or confessed and received Communion so devoutly as by her side; and she felt the same. In short, we are made for each other; and God who orders all things and consequently has ordained this also, will not forsake us."

Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.