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Julie von Webenau


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Julie von Webenau (16 October 1813 – 2 July 1887) was a German-Austrian composer.

AUT — Bundesland Salzburg — Salzburg (Stadt) — Getreidegasse 9 (Mozartmuseum — Enghert, Joseph — Heilige Cäcilia) Mattes 2021-11. (see picture. Josephine Baroni-Cavalcabo as St.Cecilia).
Julie was a daughter of the government council member Ludwig Cajetan Baroni-Cavalcabò (1765-1847) and the amateur singer Josephine Baroni-Cavalcabò (1788-1860). Born in Lemberg, Austrian Empire (today Lviv, Ukraine). In Lemberg, she was a student of Mozart's son, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart of whom her mother became his lover and sole heir. She had a sister, Laura, and also a brother, Adolf Baroni-Cavalcabò (1809–1847).

Robert Schumann dedicated his Humoresque op. 20 to Julie in 1839. He had already met her in Leipzig in 1835 and renewed his acquaintance in Vienna. Originally he wanted to dedicate the Arabesque op. 18 to her. On March 13, 1839, he wrote about it to his bride Clara Wieck: “The 'arabesque' was given to the Webenau, the 'flower piece' to the Serre, the 'humoresque' - nobody; Strange, I also think of something in my dedications, which should always have a connection with the origin, and could not find anyone, but the world hardly understands the subtleties."

Julie von Webenau dedicated the composition L'Adieu et le Retour to Schumann as well as her Morceaux de Fantaisie pour Pianoforte op. 25, which was published in March, 1840 by the Leipzig publishing house, Kistner. According to a review by Schumann in his Neue Zeitschrift für Musik from 1836/37, the names of all female composers could easily be written on a "rose leaf" which alluded to the social conventions of the artistically creative woman's time, as well as her perceived gender role.

On March 29, 1838, in Lemberg, she married the lawyer, Wilhelm Weber Edler von Webenau (1796–1841), a member of the legislative court commission in Vienna, with whom she moved to Vienna that same year. They had a son, Arthur Weber Edler von Webenau who became the imperial and royal embassy counselor in Constantinople . Her husband died on August 16, 1841.

In July, 1842 she married the Brazilian Legation Secretary, Dr. Johann Alois Ritter von Britto. The couple had two sons and one daughter. In 1877, her second husband died and she then lived with her sister, Laura Pawlikowska until her death.

Laura Pawlikowska, née Countess Baroni-Cavalcabò (1810-1892), was the wife of the art collector, Johann Gualbert Ritter von Pawlikowsky (1792-1852).

Her granddaughter was the composer, Vilma von Webenau .

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