“She had not married a genius. She had married a small, scrawny man who made her laugh… And he had loved her. People could say what they wanted about that.”
Who was this Constanze, this “unsuitable girl” for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as posterity and her husband’s family called her? Renate Welsh carefully traces the fate of this “insignificant” woman, a typical and yet in many ways extraordinary representative of her sex. People accused her of carelessness and flippancy and said that she did not understand Mozart’s genius. She outlived him by fifty years—and shortly before her death, she looks back on her emotional, moving life with him.