Mozart had a sister who was also considered a music prodigy. They toured together, and she even sometimes received top billing. Her father forced her to abandon her career once she became a ‘marriageable age’. She is believed to have written some compositions, but none have survived

Was Mozart’s sister actually the most talented musician in the family?

Get ready to celebrate Nannerl, the forgotten musically gifted sibling in the Mozart household…

In the 18th century, Mozart toured Europe, wowing audiences across the continent and impressing critics.

But we’re not talking about Wolfgang…

Wolfgang’s older sister Maria Anna Mozart (nicknamed ‘Nannerl’) went on tour with her brother and father and, playwright Sylvia Milo argues, she was actually the more talented sibling.

Milo’s play The Other Mozart, subtitled The forgotten genius of Mozart’s sister, had rave reviews when it opened in 2015. Speaking to The Huffington Post, Milo said that she hadn’t even heard of Nannerl until she visited Mozart’s house in Vienna and saw a painting of the two siblings together:

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11 thoughts on “Mozart had a sister who was also considered a music prodigy. They toured together, and she even sometimes received top billing. Her father forced her to abandon her career once she became a ‘marriageable age’. She is believed to have written some compositions, but none have survived”

  1. StrangeConstants

    It’s weird to think of the talent feedback loop between her and Mozart growing up. Sometimes the difference between genius and not is having the right cognitive exposure and stimulation from a young age. I wonder if strong ideas flowed to Mozart originating from Nannerl and we’ll never know the details. From the article, Mozart at 24 and indomitable, is still praising her composition skills.

  2. StrangeConstants

    There’s a movie based on this: Mozart’s Sister. Well made. Also the relationship kept between her and Wolfgang through their letters is endearing.

  3. HansenIntercept

    What a… remarkable haircut

  4. pradeepgstsheoran

    I saw a docu where they told that She was also an inspiration for a lot of Mozart’s compositions

  5. CraftingQuest

    I believe her father also wouldn’t let her play violin because it was too “masculine”. Can you imagine having a prodigy today and saying “yea…no. That’s dude stuff. “

  6. simanthropy

    Neither the title or the other comments actually says her name so her name was Maria Anna Mozart (nicknamed “Nannerl”)

    I know it’s in the article but who’s got time to click these days?

  7. GotMoFans

    I imagine her dad finding her a husband and the husband ends up being an 18th century Ike Turner making her go out an perform every night to bring in money.

    Apparently her husband had five kids from previous marriages and must have needed his wife to be a nanny.

  8. hahaha_yes

    the thumbnail is killing me

  9. BigGuyRevel

    Was this a Simpsons episode?

  10. chunkfreewedding

    There’s a play called The Other Mozart about her

  11. sodapops82

    They shared also a very infantile humor. A lot of jokes about poop can be found in the letters written to each other. Lasted until the death of Wolfgang.

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