Mozart: His Character, His Work
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 musicalcontemporaries, as well as offering a penetrating analysis of his operas, piano music, chamber music, and symphonies.
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This is more than a biography, rather this book by an acclaimed musicologist who helped revise the catalogue of Mozart's works is a guide to the meaning and background of Mozart's music. In the ... Read full review
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.
Genius and Human Frailty
Mozart and the Eternal Feminine
Catholicism and Freemasonry
Patriotism and Education
The Fragments and the Process of Creation
Mozart and Counterpoint
Chamber Music Including Clavier
Concertante and Mechanical Elements
The Clavier Concerto
Aria and Song
Mozart and Opera
Mozarts Choice of Keys
Chamber Music for Strings
Divertimento Cassation Serenade
The German Opera