Lot 196
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Mozart, Franz Xaver Wolfgang ('Wolfgang Amadeus', son of W. A. Mozart)

4,000 - 5,000 GBP
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  • Autograph note, signed ("W. A. Mozart"), to an unidentified correspondent
  • paper and ink
referring to financial matters, remarking that he forgot to mention that he has no debts except a few gulden which he owes to Tobias Haslinger and the bookshop of Braumüller and Seidel 

...ich vergaß zu bemerken, daß ich durchaus keine Schulden habe, mit Ausnahme von einigen wenigen Gulden an Tobias Haslinger...

1 page (5.6 x 8.4cm), cut down from a larger leaf, with fine red wax seal with F. X. Mozart's monogram ("WM"), Vienna, 17 June 1842, mounted on card, seal tear, edges frayed, slightly affecting one word of text, browning


Not in Briefe.

Catalogue Note

A rare handwritten document, possibly the conclusion of a letter, by Mozart's younger son Franz Xaver (1791-1844). It is not contained in the collected edition of the Mozart family correspondence.

This note detailing some aspects of Franz Xaver's finances dates from 1842, the year of the unveiling of the Mozart memorial in Salzburg, and two years before his death in Carlsbad from stomach cancer. After many years' teaching in Lemberg, Franz Xaver had returned to live in Vienna in 1838. Although he was an accomplished pianist and a talented composer of keyboard and vocal works, he lived his life in the shadow of his father, many of whose autographs and papers, and also his piano, he bequeathed on his death to the Salzburg Dommusikverein.