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Mozart : a cultural biography

Author: Robert W Gutman
Publisher: London : Secker & Warburg, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This major work places Mozart's life and music in the context of the intellectual, political, and artistic currents of eighteenth-century Europe. Even as he delves into philosophic and aesthetic questions, Robert Gutman keeps in sight, clearly and firmly, the composer and his works. He discusses the major genres in which Mozart worked - chamber music; liturgical, theater, and keyboard compositions; concerto;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert W Gutman
ISBN: 0436274965 9780436274961
OCLC Number: 44059481
Notes: Originally published in the United States: Harcourt Brace, 1999.
Description: xxii, 839 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Salzburg and Empire; Prince and Burgher; Leopold Mozart --
Sapere aude; Liberal Sensibilities and Irreconcilable Tendencies --
The Mask and the Face: Ambivalence without Resolution --
Salzburg's Handsomest Pair; Strategic Blunders and Patrician Ways --
The Prodigy's Earliest Years --
The First Visit to Vienna --
Stratagems and Treacheries: A Glance Back --
The Mozarts' Grand Tour. The First Phase: Bavaria, Swabia, Wurttemberg, the Palatinate, and the Rhineland --
A Season of Fermentation and Redress --
Courtly Opera and Its Decline; a New Aesthetic and Decorum --
The Grand Tour Continues: Brussels and Paris --
England --
The Lowlands, Paris, Burgundy, and Switzerland --
Back in Salzburg; Vienna and Moravia --
The First Sojourn in Italy --
Two More Italian Visits with German Respites --
An Attempt to Breathe Freely; Munich --
Salzburg Interlude; Cashiered --
The Tour with Mama: Prelude --
Mannheim --
Paris I: The Whirlwind Dies Down --
Paris II: The Plan to Bring Mozart Home --
Paris III: Kapellmeister Presumptive --
Slow Progress Toward Salzburg --
At Home: Bucolic Salzburg --
The Second Bavarian Miracle --
Vienna: Enchanted Ground --
Vienna: Putting Down Roots --
Vienna: Defining His Rubicon --
Vienna: Balancing Old Accounts --
Vienna: Diverse Production --
Vienna: Plurality of Meanings; Moral Ambiguities --
Vienna: A Recipe for Exhaustion --
Vienna: A Normal Single Grave --
Lux Perpetua.
Responsibility: Robert W. Gutman.

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To illuminate Mozart's life and works, Gutman believes the cultural context must first and foremost be understood, and so he guides the reader through the political, religious, social, economic and  Read more...

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