On the 5th of this month, the famous
composer, Kapellmeister Mozart, died in Vienna
from Brustwassersucht at 35 years of age, to the most
profound sorrow of all friends of art.
Deutsch (Dokumente, 380) includes a report of Mozart’s death published in Musikalisches Wochenblatt in the issue following this one (XII:94); that report, dated 12 Dec, comes from a correspondent in Prague. However, Deutsch omits this earlier report of Mozart’s death from issue XI of the Wochenblatt. The cause of death listed here is “Brustwassersucht” (sometimes equated with the modern term “hydrothorax”). The cause of death listed in the Viennese records, on the other hand, is “hitziges Frieselfieber” (usually translated as “severe miliary fever”; see Dokumente, 367–68).
Schwob (2015, 191) includes the notice transcribed above, without reference to its publication on our site in 2014.
Schwob, Rainer J. ed. 2015. W. A. Mozart im Spiegel des Musikjournalismus, deutschsprachiger Raum 1782–1800. Beiträge zur Mozart-Dokumentation, vol. 1. Stuttgart: Carus Verlag.
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First Published: Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Updated: Sun, 15 Jan 2023
Edge, Dexter. 2014. “A report of Mozart’s death (12 December 1791).” In: Mozart: New Documents, edited by Dexter Edge and David Black. First published 9 September 2014; updated 15 January 2023. https://www.mozartdocuments.org/documents/12-december-1791/
Edge, Dexter. 2014. “A report of Mozart’s death (12 December 1791).” In: Mozart: New Documents, edited by Dexter Edge and David Black. First published 9 September 2014; updated 15 January 2023. [direct link]