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Marianne Thekla Mozart (1758 – 1841)

Mozart’s Bäsle, the Violincellchen, his first love

We fit together because she is also a bit bad, wrote Mozart to his father. He is referring to his cousin Marianne, known as Bäsle. “Bad” is probably a synonym for sexual.

Marianne is described as beautiful, clever, funny and full of life. At the age of nineteen, she spent fourteen days in Augsburg with her slightly older cousin Wolfgang. To judge by Mozart’s seven letters to Bäsle, it must have been a carefree time when they were eager to try out new things. Mozart called her Violincellchen and sketched her in a letter topless.

They met again when Mozart returned to Paris in 1779. Marianne even accompanied him for around two and a half months to Salzburg. She hoped to marry him, but for Mozart it was just a rebound affair. He was still unhappily in love with someone else and only needed her comfort. She evidently left in a rage and the relationship cooled.

Years later Bäsle returned the correspondence to Mozart’s widow. For a long time only extracts were published, since the vulgar style and erotic innuendos did not fit in with the image of a musical genius.