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Rock on, Gottlieb– the many nicknames of Mozart

First published by Cultural Cocktail Hour in 2011

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by Leticia Marie Sanchez

A lecture by Professor Robert Greenberg, from San Francisco Performances, revealed hidden gems about Mozart’s name. Enjoy!

Baptized Name: Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart

The divinely-inspired composer adored word games.

He called himself: Di Mozartini, Mozartus, and Mozarti

 He also enjoyed playing with the letters of his name and called himself:

 Romatz, Trazom, Volfgangus (Latin Version) Gangflow (backwards)

 His middle name, Theophilus, had the most permutations

 His father called him GOTTLIEB because Gottlieb is the German version of Theophilus- “love of God”)

What was Mozart’s personal favorite? 

Amédée, the French version, which he picked up when he lived in Paris.

 He actually never referred to himself as Amadeus!

 (Unless it was a joke, then he would call him self Woolfgangus Amadeus)

Out of respect for Mozart’s preference, someone should have told FALCO to title their 80′s hit Rock Me, Gottlieb.”

or Rock me, Trazom.”

Editor’s Note: For a refresher on the Falco tune in question, check out:

Posted by on May 15th, 2018

5 Comments

  1. Ron Carsell says:

    Mozart’s father referred to his son in a letter to a friend as follows: “Wolfie has survived the mumps.” (or some other childhood illness)

  2. Ron Carsell says:

    Correction: Mozart’s father referred to his son as follows: “Wolfie has survived the smallpox…” I saw a copy of that letter translated and posted in a home where the family lived.

    • culturalcocktailhour says:

      Dear Mr. Carsell, Thank you for sharing this historical trivia! Where was the home in which you saw the letter? All Best Wishes and thank you for checking out Cultural Cocktail Hour!

      • Ron Carsell says:

        The house was in Prague. Bertramka Museum is the name of the “house” which is where Mozart stayed on his visits to Prague. (Google Mozart in Prague and you will see much information about the subject.) As much as anything else in the museum were numerous letters translated,framed and posted on the walls of the house. That was about 15 years ago and I’m sorry to say that according to the website the museum has been looted by other museums which is probably where that letter is at present. I don’t imagine it would have been left on the wall. I distinctly remember the translation of a copy of a handwritten letter, “Wolfie has survived the smallpox…”. The letter might have been two pages long but that sentence was a part of it. Surly others have seen it.

      • Ron Carsell says:

        The house was in Prague. Bertramka Museum is the name of the “house” which is where Mozart stayed on his visits to Prague. (Google Mozart in Prague and you will see much information about the subject.) As much as anything else in the museum were numerous letters translated,framed and posted on the walls of the house. That was about 15 years ago and I’m sorry to say that according to the website the museum has been looted by other museums which is probably where that letter is at present. I don’t imagine it would have been left on the wall. I distinctly remember the translation of a copy of a handwritten letter with the above sentence on it. The letter might have been two pages long but that sentence was a part of it. Surly others have seen it.

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