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W.A. Mozart

Author: Hermann Abert; Stewart Spencer; Cliff Eisen
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Hermann Abert's biography, first published in German more than eighty years ago and itself based on the definitive mid-nineteenth century study by Otto Jahn, remains the most informed and substantial biography of Mozart in any language. The book is both the fullest account of the composer's life and a deeply skilled analysis of his music." "Proceeding chronologically from 1756 to 1791, the book interrogates every  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hermann Abert; Stewart Spencer; Cliff Eisen
ISBN: 9780300072235 0300072236
OCLC Number: 70401564
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: "Originally published in German as W.A. Mozart by Breitkopf und Härtel, 1923-4; reprinted, with corrections but without appendices, 1956, 1978"--T.p. verso.
Description: xxvii, 1515 p. : ill., music ; 26 cm.
Contents: Editorial note --
Preface --
1. Childhood --
2. Travels of the child prodigy --
3. Works from the grand tour --
4. Studies in Salzburg --
5. First operas in Vienna --
6. Gesellschaftsmusik and church music in Salzburg, 1769 --
7. First Italian journey --
8. Second and third Italian journeys --
9. Opera seria --
10. Early operas and the oratorio La Betulia liberata --
11. Church and instrumental works, 1769-1773 --
12. On the way to La finta giardiniera --
13. Opera buffa --
14. La finta giardiniera --
15. Mozart in Salzburg, 1775-1777 --
16. Munich and Augsburg --
17. Mannheim --
18. Arrival in Paris : tragédie lyrique --
19. Opéra comique --
20. The music dramas of Gluck --
21. Mozart in Paris --
22. Homecoming --
23. Service at the Salzburg court --
24. Sacred and instrumental works, 1779-1781--
25. König Thamos and Zaide --
26. Idomeneo --
27. First steps in Vienna --
28. German singspiel --
29. Die Entführung aus dem Serail --
30. Engagement and marriage. 31. Mozart's personality --
32. Relations with Constanze, friends and colleagues, 1782-1786 --
33. Mozart and Freemasonry --
34. In the service of the aristocracy and society --
35. Plans for new operas --
36. Mozart's artistic creativity --
37. Profound changes in style : the influence of J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel and C.P.E. Bach --
38. Chamber and orchestral works between Die Entführung and Figaro --
39. The great keyboard concertos --
40. Choral works, lieder and arias --
41. Operatic fragments between die Entführung and Figaro --
42. Le nozze di Figaro --
43. Between Figaro and Don Giovanni --
44. Mozart in Prague --
45. Don Giovanni --
46. The period of the three great symphonies --
47. Visit to north Germany --
48. Così fan tutte --
49. Increasing hardship and work --
50. Instrumental and vocal works of the final two years --
51. La clemenza di Tito --
52. Die Zauberflöte --
53. Illness and death --
54. The Requiem --
55. Beyond the grave --
Appendix 1: Marianne Mozart / Otto Jahn --
Appendix 2 : Transcription of Mozart's church music / Otto Jahn --
Appendix 3 : Mozart's cousin / Otto Jahn --
Appendix 4 : Mozart as a comic poet / Otto Jahn --
Appendix 5 : On the genesis of Idomeneo / Hermann Abert --
Index of Mozart's works by Köchel numbers --
Index of Mozart's works by genre --
Index of names and subjects.
Other Titles: W.A. Mozart.
Responsibility: Hermann Abert ; translated by Stewart Spencer ; edited by Cliff Eisen.
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