Jun 26, 2013

The House where Raimund Leopold Mozart died

Mozart's first child Raimund Leopold died on 19 August 1783 in the house Oberneustift No. 250 while his parents were still in Salzburg.

The entry concerning the burial of Raimund Leopold Mozart on 21 August 1783 in St. Ulrich cemetery (St. Ulrich, Tom. 23, fol. 83r).

If we want to find out where exactly the house Oberneustift No. 250, "Zum rothen Pfauen" ("At the Red Peacock") was located, we are faced with a number of choices in the Mozart literature. On p. 193 of his 1961 edition of the Dokumente Otto Erich Deutsch presents us with the address "heute VII. Lerchenfeldstr. 65". This is doubly false, because a) the correct name of this street is Lerchenfelderstraße and b) in 1783 this house was not built yet. In 1783 the area south of the Rofranogasse, (today Lerchenfelderstraße) in the district which  in the 1790s was to become Neubau (i.e. "new buildings"), was still a field. On p. 222 of his 2004 book Mozarts Reisen in Europa 1762-1791 Rudolph Angermüller writes: "[...] in der Vorstadt Ober-Neustift Nr. 250, heute: Wien VII. Neustiftgasse 104". This address, which Heinz Schöny copied in his genealogical article in the catalog of the 1991 Zaubertöne exhibition, is false as well, because this house also did not exist yet in 1783. It was built between 1786 and 1788 in the Stadelgasse in Oberneustift and was later named "Zum schönen Ungar" ("At the Handsome Hungarian"). But there is hope, because the correct address has been published 88 years ago. On p. 84 of his 1925 book Neubau Ein Heimatbuch des 7. Wiener Gemeindebezirkes the great Viennese amateur historian Hans Rotter (1868-1945) published the following information:
[Mariahilfer Straße] Nr. 94, Zum roten Pfau, jetzt Rudolfshof. In diesem Hause starb am 19. August 1783 der erstgeborene Sohn Mozarts, Raimund, geb. 18. Juni 1783.
It is quite intriguing to figure out the origin of Deutsch's and Angermüller's wrong addresses. In general (with a number of exceptions) Viennese houses had three different Konskriptionsnummern which were assigned in three numberings in 1770, 1795 and 1821. But the numberings of houses in certain Viennese suburbs show puzzling irregularities and the district of Oberneustift is such a case. Because parts of Oberneustift in the early 18th century were merged into the districts of Schottenfeld and Neubau, O. E. Deutsch chose the house in Schottenfeld which in 1795 bore No. 250 (i.e. Lerchenfelderstraße 65). Following a similar logic Angermüller picked the house that in 1795 was Neubau No. 250 (i.e. Neustiftgasse 104). Both Deutsch and Angermüller were unaware of the fact that some houses in Oberneustift were already renumbered before 1795. Between 1786 and 1788 the house Oberneustift No. 250, "Zum roten Pfau" (in the street which at that time was named "Penzingergasse") was assigned the new number 120.

Part of Ober-Neustift in a 1779 house directory: the "Roter Pfau" is No. 250.

In 1786 Kaspar Mendel's house in the Penzingergasse still bore No. 250.

The house in the 1787/88 tax register, already bearing number 120. Here we see that the inn on the groundfloor was run by a certain Johann Wolf.

The house's number 120 in a 1789 directory (the letter S. means Schild [sign]).

By 1798 the Penzingergasse has been renamed "Mariahilfer Hauptstrasse". Kaspar Mendel's house is still No. 120.

In the commentary of the paperback edition of Mozart's letters (vol. VI, p. 145) the wrong address "Lerchenfelderstr. 65" appears again, together with hundreds of other mistakes in the commentary of this outdated edition that will not be corrected in the near future as long as the Mozarteum will be in charge of the edition of Mozart's letters.

The house Oberneustift 250, "Zum rothen Pfau" in 1773.

In his 1919 article "Mozarts Kinder" (which he republished in 1923 in his book Aus Mozarts Freundes und Familienkreis) Emil Karl Blümml wrote regarding Raimund Leopold Mozart's place of burial: "[...] dem Tage des Begräbnisses, an dem der kleine Mozart im längst aufgelassenen Friedhof um die St. Ulrichskirche beigesetzt wurde." ("the day of the burial, on which the little Mozart was buried in the long-abandoned cemetery around the church of St. Ulrich"). Blümml's information is wrong. The property records of the Scottish Abbey show that there was no cemetery around St. Ulrich's church. The old cemetery of St. Ulrich was located uphill, one block south of the church in the area between Siebenstern-, Mondschein-, and Zollergasse.

The quadrangle, south of the Siebensterngasse in the Viennese district of Neubau where from 1590 until 1784 the old cemetery of St. Ulrich was located.

The same area, the graveyard of St. Ulrich in 1778. The triangular square at the bottom is the so-called "Holtz-Platzl".

Inside the cemetery there were four small chapels of which the biggest was consecrated to St. John of Nepomuk (the others were dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, The Shoulder Wound of Christ and The Holy Cross). Having the bell of the St. John's chapel rung on the occasion of a funeral cost 1 fl 30 x extra. After the cemetery had been closed in late 1784 this chapel for a short time was used as a stable.

An overview of the three relevant sites as depicted on the 1778 Huber plan: on top the house Oberneustift No. 250, in the center the cemetery and on the right the parish church of St. Ulrich.




The "Rudolfshof" at Mariahilfer Straße 94 today


Jun 23, 2013

The Last Ritter von Gluck and his Relatives

On 21 February 1878 the Viennese newspaper Neues Wiener Tagblatt published the following note:


(Gluck's descendants.) We recently told you about Gluck, the famous composer, having been a "Viennese landlord". A friend of our newspaper writes us that Gluck's only descendant is still alive. He is the retired captain Ferdinand Ritter von Gluck, a son of the composer's nephew. Unlike his famous ancestor captain von Gluck at the age of 69 is living in very modest and especially sad circumstances in Aschach an der Donau in Upper Austria. Both of his legs have been paralyzed for about 25 years, he can only be moved with a wheelchair, is in need of constant special care and cannot live without permanent attendance. Captain von Gluck is without any financial means except his captain's pension (of course based on the old pension rate), after the remains of Gluck's substantial fortune had already taken the way of all fortunes in the hands of the aforesaid last descendant's father.
To shed some light on Ferdinand von Gluck's familial relationship to the composer I will delve into a side part of the Gluck genealogy which in the last century received very little attention: the descendants of Christoph Willibald von Gluck's younger brother Franz Karl Gluck.

Gluck's Siblings

According to Anton Schmid, Rudolf Gerber and Gluck's destroyed 1787 estate inventory the composer's parents had nine children. Since we still do not know where and when Gluck's parents got married (the maiden name of Gluck's mother is still unknown), there is no proof however that Christoph Willibald was his parents' first child.
  1. Christoph Willibald, the composer was born in Erasbach on 2 July 1714 and died in Vienna on 15 November 1787.
  2. Christoph Anton was born in Erasbach on 11 April 1716 and probably died at an early age.
  3. Maria Anna Rosina, born on 2 May 1718 in Reichstadt. She was the wife of cavalry captain Claudius Hedler (1724-1799) with whom she had the daughter Nanette (1759-1776) who in 1764 was adopted by Gluck. Maria Anna Rosina Hedler died between 1759 and 1762.
  4. Franz Anton Ludwig was born on 25 August 1720 in Reichstadt, for some time lived in Bohemia and in 1787 was "herrschaftlicher Forstmeister" in Vienna. He died about 1799 in Prague. The information in the new MGG (vol. 7/1136), that Franz Anton Gluck was Karl Gluck's father, is false.
  5. Franz Karl was baptized on 18 November 1722 in Kreibitz. He was a hunter in Baumgarten an der March in Lower Austria. Since he was Ferdinand von Gluck's grandfather, in regard of this blog post he is the most interesting among his siblings.
  6. Anna Elisabeth was baptized on 22 January 1725 in Kreibitz. In 1745 in Obergeorgenthal she married Friedrich Kramer from Dux with whom she had three children, named Stephan, Johann and Charlotte. She died before 1787.
  7. Heinrich Joseph was baptized on 9 May 1727 in Kreibitz. His date of death is unknown.
  8. Felix Mathes was baptized on 24 January 1732 in Eisenberg. His date of death is unknown.
  9. Franz Johann Alexander was born on 24 May 1734 in Eisenberg. He was a "K.K. Mehlaufschlag- und Abwaagsbeamter" in Vienna, i.e. an employee at the I. & R. office for weighing and taxing flour. He was married to a Franziska Hatzl and was survived by none of his children. He died of hectic fever on 7 June 1795 in the house Landstraße 377 (today Heumarkt 13).

The entry concerning the baptism of Gluck's sister Maria Anna Rosina on 2 May 1718 in Reichstadt. The child had three godparents. (Státní oblastní archiv v Litoměřicích, L 185/2, fol. 152v)

The entry concerning the baptism of Gluck's brother Franz Anton Ludwig on 25 August 1720 in Reichstadt. Franz Anton had four godparents. (Státní oblastní archiv v Litoměřicích, L 185/2, fol. 163r)

Gluck's Brother Karl and his Children

Franz Karl Gluck was born in Oberkreibitz in Bohemia and baptized on 18 November 1722 in Kreibitz. About 1749 he married Maria Anna Turteltaub, probably a sister of the Viennese k.k. Münzamtskassa-Offizier Franz Anton Turteltaub who in 1763 was ennobled with the predicate "von Thurnau". Like his father, Karl Gluck became a forester and hunter and by 1750 we find him in the service of Count Nikolaus von Pálffy in Baumgarten an der March in Lower Austria. Karl Gluck and Maria Anna Turteltaub von Thurnau had the following children (all of the following dates are published here for the very first time):
  1. Leopold, born on 16 November 1750 in Baumgarten, already died on 24 November 1750.
  2. Franz Johann Georg was born on 30 January 1752 and died on 14 March 1752.
  3. Maria Anna was born on 21 January 1753 in Baumgarten. She married Joseph Wagner, who in 1787 was a forester in Schloss Hof in the service of Karl von Pálffy, in 1795 was employed as hunter in Ebersdorf an der Zaya, and in 1800 again in Schloss Hof. Their son Maximilian was born in Schloss Hof on 17 November 1787, two days after the death of his famous greatuncle. Maria Anna Wagner died after 1800.
  4. Eleonora Josepha Theresia was born on 12 May 1755 in Baumgarten. On 21 May 1780 in Vienna she married the widowed k.k. Hofkommissionsrat Ignaz Anton Pruckner (ca. 1722-14 May 1785). She died of tuberculosis on 27 March 1800 in the house Kienmarkt 493 (today Judengasse 11) and was survived by three stepchildren.
  5. Franz Karl Joseph Andreas Gluck, born on 3 August 1757 in Baumgarten. He became an obstetrician and surgion who practiced in Moravia and Vienna. Because he was Ferdinand von Gluck's father, for this blog post he is the most interesting of Karl Gluck's children.
  6. Franziska Maria Theresia Gluck, born on 8 August 1759. She never married and died on 4 May 1800 in the "Lo Prestisches Haus", Kärntnerstraße No. 1081, in the apartment of her late aunt Maria Anna von Gluck. Her modest estate of 55 fl 30 x did not cover the costs of her medical bills and burial expenses which were paid for by her brother Karl.
  7. Josepha Maria Theresia who was born on 20 September 1760. On 3 June 1782 in Vienna she married the k.k. Kameraladministrationsbeamten Karl Joseph Selliers de Moranville. Selliers was born on 9 January 1756 the son of the agent at the war council Anton Emanual Selliers de Moranville and Maria Rosina (née Schwandner). Karl Joseph Selliers died on 2 January 1795 in Vienna. Josepha von Selliers (née Gluck) died of old age on 9 December 1841 in the house Mariahilf No. 48 (today Esterhazygasse 30).
  8. An anonymous child that was baptized in emergency and died right after birth in Baumgarten on 17 August 1763.
Until now the date of death of Gluck's younger brother Karl was not known. He died on 26 July 1771 in the house Baumgarten No. 19 and was buried in the now disused cemetery around the parish church of St. Leopold in Oberweiden. His widow seems to have moved away from Baumgarten. She died between 1795 and 1800.

The entry concerning the death of Karl Gluck on 26 July 1771 in Baumgarten an der March (Oberweiden, Tom. 3/3, p. 65).

Gluck's Nephew Karl von Gluck and his Children

Gluck's nephew Karl was born on 3 August 1757 in Baumgarten and baptized in the neighboring village of Zwerndorf.

The entry concerning [Franz] Karl Gluck's baptism at the church of St. Pancras in Zwerndorf (Oberweiden, Tom. 3/1, p. 65).

Karl Gluck attended the university in Vienna where he passed the exams to become an obstetrician and magister chirurgiæ (Master of Surgery). The estate records of his deceased uncle in November 1787 refer to him as "Kreischirurg in Mähren" (district surgeon in Moravia). In 1790 he was in Vienna where on 19 September 1790 he and Gluck's widow served as godparents for Christoph(!) Karl Handlos, a son of Gluck's former manservant Simon Handlos (who in 1779 had come to Vienna from his birthplace Rožmberk nad Vltavou).

Gluck's widow Maria Anna and Gluck's nephew Karl as godparents of Simon Handlos's son Christoph Karl: "Pathen: Franciscus Carolus Gluck. ein Wund Arzt, und Geburtshelfer, et Mariana v: Gluck ein[e] Hausinhaberin." (Pfarre Wieden, Tom. 1b, fol. 242). The child already died on 20 October 1790.

One year earlier, on 16 May 1789 Gluck's widow had already stood godmother to Simon Handlos's daughter Marianna Christina. Until the death of his famous uncle, Karl Gluck lead a rather inconspicuous life as a surgeon. This seems to have changed radically when he realized that Christoph Willibald Gluck had left an enormous fortune, of which at some time he would inherit the biggest part. He started to call himself "von Gluck" (a predicate of nobility that he had no right to claim) and he also pretended to be a doctor of medicine. In 1800 several members of the Gluck family died shortly after each other: 12 March saw the death of Gluck's widow which was followed by the deaths of Gluck's nieces Eleonore Pruckner on 27 March and Franziska Gluck on 4 May 1800. In the estate records of his sister Eleonore, Karl Gluck even appears as "Karl v[on] Gluck Phi[losophiæ] et Med[icinæ] Doktor".

The seals and signatures of Gluck's nephew Karl von(!) Gluck (1757-1838), Gluck's nieces Maria Anna Wagner (1753 - after 1800) and Josepha von Selliers (1760-1841) (A-Wsa, Mag. ZG, A2, 764/1800).

Karl von Gluck's unduly claimed status of nobility was never doubted by the authorities which was caused by the fame of his legendary uncle and by the fact that in 1800 Karl "von" Gluck inherited an enormous fortune from his aunt. After all his famous uncle had been the wealthiest composer of his time. The annual income that Gluck's widow was able to draw from interests alone has been estimated at 30,000 gulden. The composer's estate was increased by the fortune of his wife who owned a share of 44,000 gulden of the "Lo Prestisches Haus" in the city where in 1800 Karl von Gluck resided as well. Karl von Gluck also inherited his aunt's house in Perchtoldsdorf and in 1802 his newly acquired state of wealth ennabled him to take a wife of appropriate noble status: on 9 August 1802, in the parish church of Liesing, he married Rosalia Dirix von Brugg und Rothenburg, the daughter of a member of the Royal Bohemian court council.

The entry concerning Karl von Gluck's first marriage on 9 August 1802 in Liesing. The groom claimed to be "der Wundarzneykunde Wissenschaft Doctor". The couple's residence was Gluck's house in Perchtoldsdorf (Pfarre Liesing, Tom. 1, fol. 46).

Karl von Gluck's inheritance certainly did not receive unanimous approval from the three children of Maria Anna von Gluck's deceased sister, Maria Petronilla Josepha von Valmagini, née Bergin (b. 16 December 1722, d. 8 December 1750). In 1803 the old resentments between the Valmagini and the Gluck families caught up with Karl von Gluck, when his (not blood-related) cousin, the retired k.k. Obristwachtmeister (I. & R. major) Karl von Valmagini (born 1 February 1745 in Vienna) filed a lawsuit against the surgeon at the court of the k.k. Landrechte. Valmagini claimed that in spring of 1778, right before his departure from Vienna to the theater of the War of the Bavarian Succession, he had given his uncle Christoph von Gluck the amount of hundred ducats for safekeeping. Now he wanted to be paid back the equivalent sum of 450 gulden plus four percent interest from Gluck's inheritance. To prove his claim he produced the following, previously unknown receipt, written by Gluck (of which a copy survives in the charred remains of the file OeStA, AVA, Inneres NÖLR Allgemein A 161.19).
Ich Endesunterschriebener bescheinige hiemit, daß
ich von H:[errn] Oberl:[ieutenant] v[on] Valmagini hundert kais:[erliche] Duk= / aten auf seine eigene Disposition empfangen
habe. Urkund deßen meine Unterschrift.
Wien d[en] 29t März 778              Christoph v[on] Gluck
I, the undersigned, herewith certify that I received hundred royal ducats from first lieutenant von Valmagini on his own disposition. In witness whereof my signature.
Vienna, on 29 March 1778                   Christoph von Gluck
On 17 August 1804 the court sentenced Karl von Gluck to pay back the 450 gulden that had been part of his inheritance. The "landlord in Perchtoldsdorf" Gluck immediately filed an appeal against this verdict (a procedure which was then called an Appellazionsbeschwerde) and he justified this with the following arguments: 1) the receipt is not authentic and does not even bear a seal, 2) in 1778 Valmagini had been "a poor lieutenant" who was in no position to own such an amount of money, and 3) if the claim had really been valid, Valmagini between 1778 and 1786[sic] had had ample time to reclaim the money from the composer himself. The following pleadings consist of arguments regarding the knowledge of Gluck's handwriting, the issue of Karl von Gluck "owing all his current wealth to his uncle's estate", the question whether "he hated Valmagini" and the quality of Valmagini's relationship to his deceased aunt. The court file contains a copy of a letter, written in 1790 by Valmagini to Maria Anna von Gluck from the war theater in Bucharest and a copy of Gluck's will which is rather pointless, because it could not be used to prove the authenticity of Gluck's handwriting on the receipt. The outcome of the lawsuit is not clear, because too much material from the court records was destroyed. I tend to presume that Karl von Valmagini was eventually paid back his money.

Karl von Gluck and his first wife Rosalia had the following children:
  1. Maria Rosalia, born 24 July 1803 in Perchtoldsdorf, died before 1811.
  2. Karl Christoph, born 30 June 1804 in Perchtoldsdorf, died before 1809.
  3. Johann Nepomuk, born 29 January 1806 in Perchtoldsdorf, died between 1814 and 1831.
  4. Maria Anna, born 3 January 1807, died on 31 December 1807 of "beschwerlicher Zahnausbruch" (arduous toothing).
  5. Ferdinand, born 11 January 1808, also became a soldier (more about him below).
  6. Karl, born 11 January 1809, joined the military, as of 1831 served as k.k. Pionierleutnant and died before 1838.
  7. Maria Rosalia Rosina, born 17 January 1811, died on 13 March 1831 of pulmonary ulcers.
Rosalia von Gluck, née Dirix von Brugg und Rothenburg died on 13 June 1814 of tuberculosis at the age of thirty-four. On 9 January 1820 Karl von Gluck got married again (St. Karl, Tom. 6, fol. 50). His second wife was Elisabeth Forti, who was born on 11 January 1795 at Gumpendorferstraße 3, the daughter of the gilder Andreas Forti and his wife Josepha, née Holzmann. Elisabeth (or "Lisette" as her husband called her ) was a sister of the legendary singer Anton Forti (1790-1859). Karl von Gluck, who in his daughter's 1831 estate records again is given as "Chirurgie Doktor", died on 28 March 1838 of old age at his home Wieden No. 63 (today Taubstummengasse 5). He was buried the following day in the cemetery beyond Matzleinsdorf. The court of the Landrechte, which was responsible for dealing with estates of members of the nobility, never doubted his noble status. Because the church records of the Paulanerkirche are currently not accessible, I was not able to determine when his widow Elisabeth died.

Karl von Gluck, his second wife and his daughter Rosalia on an 1829 conscription sheet of the house Wieden 63 (A-Wsa, Konskriptionsamt, Wieden 63/27r).

The announcement of Karl von Gluck's death in the Wiener Zeitung of 31 March 1838.  By coincidence Karl von Gluck died on the same day as Beethoven's friend and publisher Sigmund Anton Steiner.

Ferdinand Ritter von Gluck

Ferdinand von Gluck was born on 11 January 1808, the third son Karl von Gluck and his first wife Rosalia, née Dirix von Brugg und Rothenburg (1780-1814) in the house Wieden 540 (last consription number 334, today Favoritenstraße 2).

The house Wieden No. 334 where Ferdinand von Gluck was born in 1808. The Paulanerkirche is on the right.

Ferdinand von Gluck joined the Austrian military in 1827 as a Cadet in the Infantry Regiment No. 1 "Kaiser" (named after its owner, the Emperor). Gluck's military career can be summarized quickly: he was was promoted Fähnrich on 9 March 1832, Lieutenant on 18 February 1834 and on 20 May 1839 (after eleven years, four months and six days of service in the infantry) he was transferred to the Polizeiwachcorps (the military police). During the 1840s Gluck served as captain in the so-called "Lombardic Military Police Corps" in Milan which may have had something to do with the fact that he also was fluent in Italian. One of his Conduitlisten (internal certificates of conduct) describes his character as "heiter-eitel" (cheerful and vain) and his behavior towards civilians as "mit gewandter Welt-Form" (with suave and worldly manners). His behavior towards his peers is given as "freundschaftlich" (friendly), his subordinates he treated "billig" (fair). Of special interest is the information in Gluck's personal file that "he is the son of an army officer" which is evidently false. In 1852 Gluck served as provisional commander of the "Militär-Polizei-Wach-Corps" in Venice and Verona, but in 1853 his name is suddenly absent from the schematism of the Austrian army. At this time Ferdinand von Gluck must have suffered a mishap which left his legs paralyzed. Because the exact events are difficult to ascertain, the information may be added to this post at some later time. How Gluck ended up in Aschach in Upper Austria of all places, will also be to topic of future research in the Austrian State Archive. Ferdinand Ritter von Gluck died of dropsy on 26 August 1878  at 9 p.m. in the house Aschach No. 73 and was buried two days later.

The entry concerning Ferdinand von Gluck's death and burial in the records of St. John's in Aschach (St. Johann, Tom. 2, p. 106)

While Ferdinand von Gluck's death went unnoticed by the Austrian press, volume 24 of the 1878 edition of the French music journal Le Guide Musical actually reported the passing of Gluck's last male descendant ("le dernier descendant mâle du Gluck"), mistaking Aschach for Ansbach in Bavaria. After all, in France the composer Gluck had always enjoyed a legendary reputation.


© Dr. Michael Lorenz 2013. All rights reserved.

Updated: 25 April 2017


Jun 9, 2013

Wolfgang von Mozart

On 26 June 1770 Mozart was awarded the Order of the Golden Spur by pope Pope Clement XIV. By receiving this honor Mozart was appointed Comes palatinus Lateranus, i.e. Papal Count Palatine who in his home country had the right to use the predicate of nobility and to claim the social status that was connected with knighthood. Being a recipient of the first grade of the Papal Order, Mozart had more right to consider himself a nobleman than his colleague Gluck, who had only received the second grade of that order. During his later life Mozart never claimed his status as nobleman. A trace of his title only appears in his signature which he graced with the syllable "Ca" for the Italian word "Cavaliere".


In my article "Mozart's Apartment on the Alsergrund" which I published in June 2009, I pointed out that there are a number of primary sources from Mozart's Viennese years where the composer appears as "von Mozart", suggesting that he either was addressed with a predicate of nobility or even claimed his status as nobleman himself. The following six documents (all of which I listed in 2009) bear Mozart's name with the predicate "von":

The Baptismal Entry of Mozart's First Child Raimund Leopold

A transcription of this document (which is not transcribed and only referred to in Deutsch's, Dokumente) was first published in 1919 by Emil Karl Blümml and copied from Blümml by Walter Hummel for his 1956 book W. A. Mozarts Söhne. Since Blümml's transcription is flawed and incomplete (he for instance ignored the "Maria" in the mother's name), the complete entry is published here for the first time.

(Namen des Taufenden.) Johann / Herbst / Koop.[erator]
(1783. Jahr Monat Tag Junÿ Julÿ) 17 Jun.
(Wohnung und Nro. des Hauses.) N. 244. / i.[n] d.[er] St.[adt]
(Namen der Getauften.) Reÿmundus / Leopoldus
(Religion)
(katholisch) |
(Protestantisch)
(Geschlecht)
(Knab) |
(Mädchen) —
(Ehelich) |
(Unehelich) —
(Todtgebohrne.)
(Aeltern.)
(Vaters Namen und Kondition oder Karakter.) Wolfgang v. / Mozart / K[a]pell= / meister
(Mutters Tauf= und Zunamen.) M.[aria] Konstanzia / geb. Weber
(Pathen.)
(Namen) Raÿmund / Freÿh.[err] v / Wezlar
(Stand) in dessen Na= / men: Philipp / Martin
(Anmerkungen.) Franziska Sidlerin
As is well known Mozart's first child died on 19 August 1783 at the home of a foster mother while his parents were still in Salzburg. On the occasion of the inspection of the child's body by the municipal coroner it turned out that the foster mother at Oberneustift No. 250 did not know Mozart's first name. Thus the entry in the Totenbeschauprotokoll (which was first published in its entirety by Dexter Edge in 2001) begins with "Mozart H[errn] N: Musiko, sein Kind Reimund". Because the entry in the parish records of St. Ulrich concerning the child's burial is a special case and because (to nobody's surprise) it has never been published completely, I address it in this post. Like in the official death records Mozart's first name is missing, but has been added at some later time with blue crayon with the abbreviated attribute "von":

The entry concerning the obsequies and burial of Mozart's son Raymund Leopold on 21 August 1783 (St. Ulrich, Tom. 23, fol. 83r)
(den 21. dito [Augustus])
                                    Eodem
St:[arb] dem H:[errn] N:[escio] Wolfgang v. Mozart, Musico
s:[ein] K:[ind] Reÿmund, in rothen Pfauen Ob:[er]
N:[eu] St:[ift] alt 9. Wochen.       Orth ― 30 x.
It is difficult to determine when the first name "Wolfgang v" was added. As a matter of fact the "von"  speaks against its having been written in the late 19th century when the public interest in Mozart's family started to grow. Nobody at that time considered Mozart a nobleman who deserved to have his name completed with a "Wolfgang von". In his incomplete transcription Blümml simply ignored the addition which does not mean that it had not been written yet. He seems to have regarded it as totally irrelevant.

Mozart's Name in the 1787/88 Josephinische Steuerfassion

On 8 June 2009 I published the following entry in the tax register of the Vienna City Council concerning the spacious apartment that Mozart rented in 1788 in the house Alsergrund No. 135:

Zu ebener Erde, […]
N° 5:/ Die Gartenwohnung mit 7 Zimer,
1 Küche, Keller, und Holzgewölb, nebst Stal-
lung auf 2 Pferde, 1 Wagenschupfe[n], und
den Garten des H:[err]n v:[on] Mozart . . . . .
p:[er] . 250 –       5. d° [kein Anstand] - - - 250" –
Here is a picture of the same entry on folio 218 of the tax register A-Wsa, Steueramt B34/27, with the printed headers on top and the additional entry in the column on the right page:


Of course Mozart's appearance as "Herr von Mozart" could be a gesture of courtesy by the revenue officer who was careful not to deny a well deserved status to an obviously well off tenant of a spacious abode. The documents related to the death of Mozart's daughter Theresia, who died in this apartment in summer of 1788, also show Mozart as being addressed with the predicate of nobility

The Sources concerning Theresia Mozart's Death and Burial in 1788

Mozart's first daughter Theresia died on 29 June 1788 at Alsergrund No. 135. The official (never completely published) entry in the death register of the Vienna City Council reads as follows:

The entry concerning the death of Theresia Mozart in the municipal death records (A-Wsa, Totenbeschreibamt 90, M, fol. 30r) 
den 29tn
von[!] Mozart, Wohledlgebohrner[!] Herr Wolfgang von[!] Mozart, / Kail: Königl. Kapellmeister, sein Kind Theresia, ist bei / den 3. gold:[enen] Stern N° 135. in der Währingergasse, an / der Gedärmfrais versch.[ieden] Alt 1/2 Jr.  M:[atthäus] R:[auscher]
von Mozart, nobly born Sir Wolfgang von Mozart, imperial and royal capellmeister, his child Theresia, died from intestinal spasms at the Three Golden Stars No. 135 in the Währingergasse, aged half a year. Matthäus Rauscher [coroner]
The entry in the death register (Sterbebuch Tom. 1, fol. 108) of the Servite Church in the Rossau concerning the child's burial on the following day has never been published correctly. It reads as follows:

den 29ten / Abends 7 Uhr. Wahringergasse / N. 135. des Hrn von[!] Mozart Wolfgang, / K.K. Kapellm[ei]st[e]rs, Kind Theresia [Katholisch / Weiblich] 6 Mon[at] [Krankheit und Todesart.] Gedärmfrais. Ib.[idem] den 30ten. Idem (P. Ludovicus M.[aria] Pirnbaum Coop.[erator]) sep.[eluit] [numerus currens] 26.
On [August] 29th at 7 p.m. in the evening. Währingergasse No. 135, Sir Wolfgang von Mozart, imperial and royal capellmeister, his child Theresia, [catholic female], aged six months, [cause of death] intestinal spasm, [in the] same [cemetery, i.e. the "Allgemeiner Friedhof außerhalb der Währinger Linie"] on [August] 30th, the same [priest, i.e. P. Ludovicus M.[aria] Pirnbaum cooperator] buried [number] 26.
The name of Ludwig Birnbaum in the death register is a telling example of Emil Karl Blümml's dubious expertise in transcribing eighteenth-century handwritten sources. In his 1919 article "Mozarts Kinder" he managed to mistranscribe the priest's name as "Ludovicus Maria Grabner".


In his article "Wieviel Kinder hatte Mozart" in the 1923 Neues Wiener Tagblatt O. E. Deutsch only had high praise for Blümml's work. In my opinion he was in no position to judge it.

The three Documents related to the Death and Burial of Anna Mozart in 1789

Mozart's fifth child Anna Mozart died shortly after her birth on 16 November 1789. Because the child was baptized by the midwife (most likely Maria Anna Koudelka), there is no entry in the baptismal records of the parish Am Hof. In the entry in the municipal death records (which I published in my post "A Child named Christian Mozart") Mozart is given as "Mozart Wohledler H:[err] Wolfgang" (A-Wsa, Totenbeschreibamt 92, lit. M, fol. 48v):


The word "wohledler" (truly noble) was generally used to address individuals of noble birth. Mozart is also addressed as "Herr Wolfgang von[!] Mozart K. / K. Käpelmeister" in the entry in the death register of the parish Am Hof which I also published in the aforesaid post:

The entry concerning the obsequies of Mozart's daughter Anna in the parish church "Zu den Neun Chören der Engel" Am Hof on 17 November 1789: "Dem Herrn Wolfgang von[!] Mozart K. / K. Käpelmeister sein Kind Anna [Lebensjahre] 1 Stund". (A-Wstm, Am Hof, Sterbebuch Tom. 1, fol. 48r)

The entry in the Bahrleihbuch (the register of burial fees) of St. Stephen's concerning Anna Mozart's burial on 17 November 1789 was first published on 8 June 2009 in my article about Mozart's apartment on the Alsergrund which in 2010 also appeared in print in the Newsletter of the Mozart Society of America, Vol. XIV, No. 2). In this document Mozart is again addressed as "imperial and royal capellmeister Wolfgang von[!] Mozart".

Mozart, 4th category, 2nd class, parish Am Hof, the girl baptized in emergency of Herr Wolfgang von Mozart, imperial and royal capellmeister, at the Judenplatz at St. Nicholas No. 245 was inspected [having died] of spasms after her birth. In the cemetery beyond Matzleinsdorf, paid 1 f 20 x [the personnel] 30 x [the church] [overall sum] 1 Gulden 50 Kreuzer. (A-Wd, Bahrleihbuch 1789, fol. 377r)
Of course there is no absolute proof that Mozart's nobility was universally acknowledged by his Viennese contemporaries. But the above documents make it very likely that at some time Mozart actually passed himself off as a nobleman.

© Dr. Michael Lorenz 2013

Updated: 1 March 2017



In his article "Mozart: In und vor der Stadt" in the journal Wiener Geschichtsblätter (2/2012) Walther Brauneis plagiarized parts of my article "Mozart's Apartment on the Alsergrund" and presented a number of supposedly unknown Mozart sources that I had already published more than three years earlier. Among those sources were the documents presented above. Because Brauneis could not cope with the fact that in 2009 I had published within two weeks what was to take him several years, he staged a childish "revenge", taking advantage of the gross negligence of the Verein für Geschichte der Stadt Wien whose editor was not willing to invest ten minutes into reading my article. On the other hand, what else is to be expected from a historical society whose general secretary distinguished herself with the inane statement: "Who is interested in Mozart anyway?"

In 2013 Brauneis repeated his theft of intellectual property by republishing his article in "In Signo Wolfgang Amadé Mozart", the journal of the Mozart-Gesellschaft Zürich, whose board members did not realize the scam.