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Mozart at the gateway to his fortune : serving the Emperor, 1788-1791

Author: Christoph Wolff
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
"I now stand at the gateway to my fortune," Mozart wrote in a letter of 1790. He had entered into the service of Emperor Joseph II of Austria two years earlier as Imperial-Royal Chamber Composer--a salaried appointment with a distinguished title and few obligations. His extraordinary subsequent output, beginning with the three final great symphonies from the summer of 1788, invites a reassessment of this entire  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christoph Wolff
ISBN: 9780393050707 039305070X
OCLC Number: 755705003
Description: xv, 244 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue : Mozart, 1788 to 1791 : an inevitable end or a new beginning? --
Imperial appointments : Mozart and Salieri. Time for change ; Prolific under discouraging conditions ; Toward spirited partnership --
Explorations outside of Vienna. Traveling again ; Frankfurt, 1790 : the self-styled ambassador ; Leipzig and Berlin, 1789 ; Bach circles at home and abroad --
Grand ambitions : expanding compositional horizons. A musical announcement ; A garden apartment for a bold start ; The notion of "imperial style" --
"Vera opera" and The Magic Flute. What's in a name? ; More than an Egyptian opera ; The language of "grand opera" --
"The higher pathetic style of church music" and the Requiem. An auspicious prospect ; A timely commission ; Envisioning a new kind of sacred music --
"Composed just not yet written" : music never to be heard. A self-assured prodigy ; Work in progress : the fragments ; Windows ajar : fleeting sounds of chamber music ; Epilogue --
Appendix : Currency and monetary values.
Responsibility: Christoph Wolff.


A fresh look at the life of Mozart during his imperial years by one of the world's leading Mozart scholars.  Read more...
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