Mozart composed many of his greatest works at a speed that embarrassed many of his contemporaries and still amazes us today. An example here is his Symphony No. 36. All indications are that its four fully developed parts were formed in just four or five days in 1783! However, Mozart's accelerated pace was not just about writing new works.
"She should be sent to sweep the streets," was how Leopold Mozart commented on the character of his son Wolfgang's new mother-in-law. He was angry with Frau Weber for a reason – she forbade the young composer to meet her daughter because he had not signed a marriage contract. The hasty wedding took place in 1782 in the cathedral of St. Stephen in Vienna. The pragmatic Leopold had been tearing his hair out of his head for many more months as he learned of the details of this hasty deal and ceremony!
The following year, the Mozarts living in Vienna decided to pay a visit to the strict Leopold in Salzburg. On the way back, they stopped in Linz, where Wolfgang promised to perform one of his symphonies. The angry father was not the biggest problem on this trip. On October 31, the composer wrote to him: "On Tuesday… I'm giving a concert here at the theatre, but I haven't taken any symphony with me! I am writing a new one with dizzying speed, and it must be finished! Well, I have to go because I really have to get to work. "
We do not find any trace of stress in the music following the meeting between Konstancja and Leopold, and the rush Wolfgang may have felt while composing the symphony. On the contrary, Mozart begins the symphony for the first time with a certain, convincing, but slow sound (it is said that this introduction unusually fascinated Beethoven). In the distinguished third movement, he introduced trumpets and drums – for the first time, he used them in the slow section!
If you are curious whether Leopold finally accepted Konstancja, well, unfortunately, he addressed her the end as "the whole Mrs Weber", but the story of Mozart proves that haste is not always a bad adviser!