W. A. Mozart

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 1515 pages
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Hermann Abert's classic biography, first published in German more than eighty years ago and itself based on the definitive mid-nineteenth century study by Otto Jahn, remains the most informed and substantial biography of Mozart in any language. The book is both the fullest account of the composerís life and a deeply skilled analysis of his music.
Proceeding chronologically from 1756 to 1791, the book interrogates every aspect of Mozartís life, influences, and experience; his personality; his religious and secular dimensions; and the social context of the time. In ďa book within a book,Ē Abert also provides close scrutiny of the music, including the operas, orchestral work, symphonies and piano concertos, church music and cantatas, and compositions for solo instruments.
While the tone of Abertís great work is expertly rendered by Stewart Spencer, developments in Mozart scholarship since the last German edition are signaled by the Mozart scholar, Cliff Eisen, in careful annotations on every page. Supported by a†host of leading Mozart scholars, this immense undertaking at last permits English-language readers access to the most important single source on the life of this great composer.
  

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User Review  - Beverly - Goodreads

Great book, Abert's grasp of musical style change is incredible, and Eisen is great at presenting Abert's take and then his own, keeping them separate so you can see how research has evolved. Too bad ... Read full review

Contents

Childhood
1
Travels of the child prodigy
27
Works from the Grand Tour
53
Studies in Salzburg
67
First operas in Vienna
82
Gesellschaftsmusik and church music in Salzburg 1769
109
First Italian journey
122
Second and third Italian journeys
145
Mozart and Freemasonry
774
In the service of the aristocracy and society
783
Plans for new operas
796
Mozarts artistic creativity
811
the influence of J S Bach G F Handel and C P E Bach
830
Chamber and orchestral works between Die Entfuhrung and Figaro
851
The great keyboard concertos
870
Choral works lieder and arias
904

Opera seria
156
Early operas and the oratorio La Betulia liberata
188
Church and instrumental works 17691773
212
On the way to Lafinta giardiniera
255
Opera buffa
285
La finta giardiniera
327
Mozart in Salzburg 17751777
340
Munich and Augsburg
375
Mannheim
388
Tragedie lyrique
445
Opera comique
453
The music dramas of Gluck
479
Mozart in Paris
493
Homecoming
527
Service at the Salzburg court
535
Sacred and instrumental works 17791781
564
Konig Thamos and Zaide
578
Idomeneo
593
First steps in Vienna
615
German singspiel
643
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail
658
Engagement and marriage
686
Mozarts personality
729
Relations with Constanze friends and colleagues 17821786
752
Operatic fragments between Die Entfuhrung and Figaro
919
Le nozze di Figaro
924
Between Figaro and Don Giovanni
984
Mozart in Prague
1009
Don Giovanni
1033
The period of the three great symphonies
1115
Visit to north Germany
1155
Cost fan tutte
1164
Increasing hardship and work
1197
Instrumental and vocal works of the final two years
1219
La clemenza di Tito
1230
Die Zauberflote
1245
Illness and death
1305
The Requiem
1313
Beyond the grave
1338
Marianne Mozart by Otto Jahn
1346
Transcriptions of Mozarts church music by Otto Jahn
1356
Mozarts cousin by Otto Jahn
1359
Mozart as a comic poet by Otto Jahn
1371
Bibliography
1389
Index of Mozarts works by Kochel numbers
1454
Index of names and subjects
1477
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About the author (2007)

Hermann Abert (1871Ė1927) was professor at the University of Leipzig, and Germanyís outstanding musicologist of the early twentieth century. Cliff Eisen is reader in historical musicology, Kingís College London, and co-editor of The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopaedia. Stewart Spencer is an author, translator, and musical consultant. His most recent translation for Yale University Press†was Joachim Kohlerís Richard Wagner: The Last Titan.

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