The Cambridge Companion to Mozart

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Cambridge University Press, May 22, 2003 - Music - 292 pages
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The Cambridge Companion to Mozart paints a rounded yet focussed picture of one of the most revered artists of all time. Bringing the most recent scholarship into the public arena, this volume bridges the gap between scholarly and popular images of the composer, enhancing the readers' appreciation of Mozart and his extraordinary output, regardless of their prior knowledge of the music. Part I situates Mozart in the context of late eighteenth-century musical environments and aesthetic trends that played a pivotal role in his artistic development and examines his methods of composition. Part II surveys Mozart's works in all of the genres in which he excelled and Part III looks at the reception of the composer and his music since his death. Part IV offers insight into Mozart's career as a performer as well as theoretical and practical perspectives on historically informed performances of his music.
 

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Contents

Mozart and Salzburg
7
Mozart in Vienna
22
Mozarts compositional methods writing for his singers
35
Mozart and late eighteenthcentury aesthetics
48
The works
59
The keyboard music
61
The concertos in aesthetic and stylistic context
78
The orchestral music
92
Reception
169
Mozart in the nineteenth century
171
Mozart and the twentieth century
185
The evolution of Mozartian biography
200
Performance
213
Mozart the performer
215
Performance practice in the music of Mozart
227
Notes
246

Mozarts chamber music
105
Mozart as a vocal composer
118
The opere buffe
131
Mozart and opera seria
147
Mozarts German operas
156

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Mozart
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About the author (2003)

Simon P. Keefe is Lecturer in Music at Queen's University, Belfast. He is the author of Mozart's Piano Concertos: Dramatic Dialogue in the Age of Enlightenment (2001).

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