Mozart: His Character, His Work

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Oxford University Press, 1962 - Biography & Autobiography - 492 pages
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Written by one of the world's outstanding music historians and critics, the late Alfred Einstein, this classic study of Mozart's character and works brings to light many new facts about his relationship with his family, his susceptibility to ambitious women, and his associations with musical contemporaries, as well as offering a penetrating analysis of his operas, piano music, chamber music, and symphonies.
 

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Ugh. The sexism in this book is sickening. Einstein was happy to assume only the best of Mozart and dismiss rumors of his infidelities (as well he should, since there is no hard evidence that Mozart was ever unfaithful to his wife). Yet, as many Mozart biographers have, he sniffed out every little ambiguous passage in the couple's letters to try and twist things so Constanze comes out seeming frivolous, flirty and untrustworthy, although all existing evidence, when taken at face value, actually shows quite the contrary. There is some evidence that Mozart did not always trust his wife, but no evidence that she deserved this distrust. Like his father before him, and like most men of his time (and too many men today), Mozart held women to a sometimes impossibly high moral standard, and was not impervious to misplaced jealousy. And sometimes, she got angry about it, as well she should.
I suppose being written in the early '60s, this is all rather to be expected. I'd recommend Mozart's Women by Jane Glover, for a more measured and accurate exploration of Mozart, his wife, and the other figures nearest and dearest to him.
 

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the first 100 or so pages is an excellent account of the the care and fostering given to the boy genius. you learn the basics of his life and how freakin good he is. the rest of the book is an ... Read full review

Contents

The Traveler
3
Genius and Human Frailty
24
Mozart and the Eternal Feminine
61
Catholicism and Freemasonry
77
Patriotism and Education
87
Universality
103
The Fragments and the Process of Creation
135
Mozart and Counterpoint
144
The Clavier
237
Chamber Music Including Clavier
252
Concertante and Mechanical Elements
267
The Clavier Concerto
287
Church Music
319
Aria and Song
355
Mozart and Opera
383
Opera Seria
396

Mozarts Choice of Keys
157
Chamber Music for Strings
167
Divertimento Cassation Serenade
196
The Symphony
215
Opera Buffa
412
The German Opera
448
Conclusion
469
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The late Alfred Einstein was a reknowned music historian and critic.

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