Auernhammer [Aurnhammer, Aurenhammer], Josepha Barbara
- Rudolph Angermüller
- , revised by Michael Lorenz
(bap. Vienna, Sept 25, 1758; d Vienna, Jan 30, 1820). Austrian pianist and composer. She was the 11th child of Johann Michael Auernhammer and Elisabeth Auernhammer, née Timmer and a cousin of Antonio Salieri’s wife. She studied with Georg Friedrich Richter, Leopold Kozeluch and, from 1781, with W.A. Mozart, with whom she fell in love. On 27 June 1781 Mozart wrote of her: ‘I dine almost daily with H. v. Auernhammer; the young lady is a fright, but plays enchantingly, though in cantabile playing she has not got the real delicate singing style. She clips everything’. In the same year Mozart dedicated his sonatas for piano and violin k296 and k376–80/374d-f, 317d, 373a to her. (The dedication to Auernhammer on the edition of the piano variations Ah, vous dirai-je, mamank265/300e was added in 1785 by the publisher Christoph Torricella.) Auernhammer corrected the proofs of several of Mozart’s sonatas, and her performances with him were enthusiastically described by Abbé Stadler. At a private concert in the Passauerhof in Vienna on ...