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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mike Venezia
0516445413
March 1996
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A biography of the child prodigy who wrote more than 800 pieces of music before his untimely death at thirty-five. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Mozart
Alfred Einstein
0195007328
Dec 1965
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Book Description
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.


Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus
Yona Zeldis McDonough
0448431041
April 2003
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Book Description
Born in Austria in 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his first piece of music, a minuet, when he was just five years old! Soon after, he was performing for kings and emperors. Although he died at the young age of thirty-five, Mozart left a legacy of more than 600 works. This fascinating biography charts the musician's extraordinary career and personal life while painting a vivid cultural history of eighteenth-century Europe. Black-and-white illustrations on every spread explore such topics as the history of opera and the evolution of musical instruments. There is also a timeline and a bibliography.

Illustrated by Carrie Robbins.
Cover illustration by Nancy Harrison.

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Explores the life and work of the prolific eighteenth-century Austrian...


Mozart
Konrad Kuster
0198163398
Jan 1996
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Book Description
Although there are many accounts of Mozart's life, and countless descriptions and analyses of his music, this is the first attempt to portray Mozart's creative life as a composer. Kuster selects forty works or groups of works covering virtually every important stage in Mozart's career, from
the first keyboard works of the young Wunderkind to Mozart's final days and the composition of the Requiem. Each chapter deals with the developments and events in the lives of the Mozarts as associated with or highlighted by a particular work or constellation of works. The bulk of the book--the is
concerned with Mozart's life and compositions from his arrival in Vienna in 1781 to his death there some ten years later.

Drawing on the tremendous advances in Mozart research over the last thirty years, and the...


Mozart: A Life
Maynard Solomon
0060926929
February 1996
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Book Review
Perhaps the most important Mozart biography ever written, this book is subtle, rich-textured, endlessly stimulating and provocative -- just like the man's music.

From Publishers Weekly
Beethoven biographer Solomon here presents a revisionist biography of Mozart, which his publisher claims is the first full-scale biography in nearly 40 years. Certainly it is a major work in terms of heft and range. Solomon will have none of the "divine child" approach, limning instead a man growing up under the shadow of an impossibly demanding father who was at once overprotective and jealous of his son's vast gifts. There is a great deal of psychological probing into the agonies of their relationship, much of it sensible; and Solomon paints an indelible portrait of Mozart's last years, begging for...


The Mozart Family
Ruth Halliwell
0198163711
Apr 1998
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Book Description
Mozart's family has never received the kind of attention that does justice to the complexity of its relationships or its interactions with colleagues, friends, and neighbors in Mozart's native Salzburg. And most biographies of the great composer have neglected the many passages in the rich
Mozart family correspondence that do not bear directly on him. This book turns a bright light on this neglected material, most of which has never before been translated into English, to provide a fascinating look at Mozart's parents, Leopold and Maria Anna, and sister, Nannerl.

Challenging most previous views of the individuals in Mozart's family and the relationships within it, Halliwell introduces a wealth of characters from the family's circle in Salzburg, from chambermaids to princes, and relates the gossip stories...


Mozart's Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music
Jane Glover
0060563508
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Despite this book's title, Mozart was no ladies' man. The loves in his life add up to his mother, Maria Anna; his talented sister, Nannerl; a cousin known as "the Bäsle"; the four Weber sisters, all singers, and one of them, Constanze, his wife; and, naturally, the women in his operas and the divas who sang the roles (these included the Webers). In this latest of many Mozart biographies, Glover, a leading conductor of 18th-century music, views Mozart's life through the women who surrounded him, though no biographer could avoid Mozart's micromanaging father, Leopold. Mozart's first crush may have been on his cousin, and the second was certainly on Aloysia Weber, who firmly rejected him (and later regretted it). But Mozart's marriage to Aloysia's younger sister seems to have been entirely happy. The book's...


The Complete Operas of Mozart
Charles Osborne
0306801906
Apr 1988
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Marrying Mozart
Stephanie Cowell
014303457X
January 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Former opera singer Cowell, whose previous novel (1997's The Players) explored the apprenticeship years of a callow Shakespeare, turns her eye to the women in the life of a young Mozart in her fourth graceful and entertaining historical. Music copyist Fridolin Weber and his socially ambitious wife, Marie Caecilia, have four daughters—bookish and devout Sophie; quiet Constanze; beautiful, silver-voiced Aloysia; and headstrong Josefa—whom they struggle to keep in hats and hose. Though the freethinking girls may wonder about the benefits of marrying well vs. marrying for love, Caecilia, whose family once had money, is terrified of growing old a pauper. Pinning her hopes on her prettiest daughter, 16-year-old Aloysia, Caecilia aims for a Swedish baron as suitor (though she keeps a list of backups in a...


The Compleat Mozart
Neal Zaslaw
0393028860
Feb 1991
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Zaslaw has gathered a marvelous collection of program note-length essays for all 801 of Mozart's works. Some of the material has been adapted from record jackets, concert programs, and other sources by a number of writers, and some newly written. The compositons are divided into chapters according to type (e.g., Masonic Music; Dances), and the editors have added short overviews at the beginnings of each section. Through careful selection and good editing the essays are interesting, informative, and eminently readable, while avoiding technical jargon. An excellent companion for the bicentennial of Mozart's death this year.- Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of TorontoCopyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Mozart: The Early Years, 1756-1781
Stanley Sadie
0393061124
December 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
More a biography of Mozart's music than a study of the man himself, Sadie's final opus—he died this year after publishing some 30 books—should delight musicologists but puzzle general readers. Not only is the music Sadie's primary interest, he does not believe it reveals anything, necessarily, about its composer. Indeed, he reminds readers not to impose contemporary values on Mozart's era. "Romantic eyes," for example, might see certain minor-key compositions as expressions of Mozart's grief over his mother's death, but Sadie argues that there's "no real reason to imagine that he used his music as [a] vehicle for the expression of his own personal feelings." Likewise, modern critics expect to see a certain type of progress in Mozart's oeuvre, with subsequent works building and elaborating former ones,...


Mozart's Letters, Mozart's Life
Robert Spaethling
0393047199
Aug 2000
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The New York Times Book Review, Peggy Constantine
Spaethling writes in the introduction that his goal was to "provide a complete portrait and continuous account of Mozart the musician, Mozart the individual and Mozart the writer," and he has succeeded most admirably.

Book Description
Letters by Mozart in sparkling new translations that capture the flavor of the writing, transmit every nuance, and render every thought faithfully and accurately. What was Mozart really like--wild? sublime? responsible? fun-loving? bright? foul-mouthed? Reading these letters, we learn in his own words that he was all of these and much more. Here is the composer at his most intimate and unguarded, expressing his feelings about life, love, music, and the world around him. For this collection, Robert Spaethling has...


Mozart's Letters, Mozart's Life
Robert Spaethling
0393328309
December 2005
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Sunday Times [London]
Mozart's honesty, his awareness of his own genius and his contempt for authority all shine out from these letters.

Book Description
"A wonderful collection that gives Mozart a voice as a son, husband, brother and friend."—New York Times Book ReviewIn Mozart's Letters, Mozart's Life, Robert Spaethling presents "Mozart in all the rawness of his driving energies" (Spectator), preserved in the "zany, often angry effervescence" of his writing (Observer). Where other translators have ignored Mozart's atrocious spelling and tempered his foul language, "Robert Spaethling's new translations are lively and racy, and do justice to Mozart's restlessly inventive mind" (Daily Mail). Carefully selected and meticulously annotated, this collection of letters "should be on the shelves...


Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
0486213161
June 1965
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Book Description
Mozart on opera, musicians, life, love, religion, etc. Revealing self-portrait.


Mozart
Ann Rachlin
0812049896
August 1992
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Book Description
Delightful stories recount episodes from the childhood of famous composers and artists. Lively, full-color illustrations on each page capture the spirit of their times. Young Wolfgang Amadeus was a child prodigy. In this story, he and his talented sister are taken to Vienna, where their wonderful music-making amazes the Emperor of Austria.

Card catalog description
Focuses on the childhood and early musical training of the versatile eighteenth-century Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Magic Flute
Retold by Anne Gatti
0811849740
August 2005
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Book Description
Brought to life with glorious illustrations, this enchanting retelling of Mozart's famous opera is sure to delight lovers of fairy tales and music alike.


Letters of W. A. Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
0486228592
June 1972
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Book Description
Over 100 often hilarious, sometimes sad, but always articulate letters from one of the most charismatic composers in history. Candid self-portrait emerges revealing his witty observations of royalty and their patronage, music, his family, his debilitating and humiliating poverty. One facsimile.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mike Venezia
0516045415
Sept 1995
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
A biography of the child prodigy who wrote more than 800 pieces of music before his untimely death at thirty-five.


1791: Mozart's Last Year
H.C. Robbins Landon
0500281076
May 1999
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Book Review
When Haydn left on a concert tour to London in December 1790, Mozart said farewell forever, and most people assumed it was Haydn's health that he was worried about. As we know now, the elder composer was to live for almost two decades more; Mozart, a single year. It was to be a year in which he wrote The Magic Flute, La Clemenza di Tito, and the Clarinet Concerto, as well as most of the Requiem; it was also a year of mounting disappointment in his career as part of the Viennese musical establishment, and a year of growing debt. Robbins Landon is keen to debunk the myths: Mozart was not poisoned ,but died of progressive kidney failure, and Salieri was innocent of his death, though not of promoting his own career at Mozart's expense. Landon defends Mozart's wife, Constanze, against the libels of biographers, though at times...

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