Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : a biography
|Format:||Print Book 2007|
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This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most enduringly popular and celebrated composers to have ever lived. His substantial oeuvre contains works that are considered to be among the most exquisite pieces of symphonic, chamber, and choral music ever written. His operas too cast a long shadow over those staged in their wake. And since his untimely death in 1791, he remains an enigmatic figure--the subject of fascination for aficionados and novices alike.
Piero Melograni here offers a wholly readable account of Mozart's remarkable life and times. This masterful biography proceeds from the young Mozart's earliest years as a Wunderkind --the child prodigy who traveled with his family to perform concerts throughout Europe--to his formative years in Vienna, where he fully absorbed the artistic and intellectual spirit of the Enlightenment, to his deathbed, his unfinished Requiem , and the mystery that still surrounds his burial. Melograni's deft use of Mozart's letters throughout confers authority and vitality to his recounting, and his expertise brings Mozart's eighteenth-century milieu evocatively to life. Written with a gifted historian's flair for narrative and unencumbered by specialized analyses of Mozart's music, Melograni's is the most vivid and enjoyable biography available.
At a time when music lovers around the world are paying honor to Mozart and his legacy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be welcomed by his enthusiasts--or anyone wishing to peer into the mind of one of the greatest composers ever known.
ContentsPrologue, June 1765 : in a London tavern
1756-1767 : the rise and decline of the child prodigy
1767-1777 : searching for a post with his father
1777-1778 : in search of a permanent post with his mother
1778-1780 : a difficult homecoming
1780-1782 : winning freedom
1782-1786 : Vienna : difficulties and successes
1786-1790 : the great Italian operas
1791 : Mozart's last year
Epilogue : Mozart lives on.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus,
Composers -- Austria -- Biography.
|Publisher|| Chicago :University of Chicago Press,2007
|Other Titles|| WAM.
Cochrane, Lydia G.
xv, 300 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages -287) and index.
|ISBN||0226519562 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780226519562 (cloth : alk. paper)