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Mozart : Studies of the Autograph Scores - Alan Tyson


Studies of the Autograph Scores

Paperback Published: 1st March 1990
ISBN: 9780674588318
Number Of Pages: 391

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The results and implications of Alan Tyson's work on Mozart have had a profound impact on virtually every aspect of research on this composer: biography, chronology of compositions, working methods, stylistic analysis. Central, perhaps, are Tyson's discoveries on chronology: time and again he has proved that datings, often of large, well-known works, that have been accepted for generations are not only erroneous but based on little more than speculation. This book assembles his major articles, previously scattered through magazines, journals, and festschrifts, plus two unpublished pieces, into a treasure trove for musicologists and music lovers.

Tyson's investigations, using primarily paper analysis, span Mozart's entire career and the full range of genres--string quartets, operas, choral music, keyboard music, concertos, and symphonies. He goes into the genesis of major works such as Cosi fan tutte, the "Prague" Symphony, the Piano Sonata K.333, the "Haydn" quartets, and "La clemenza di Tito." His conclusions about chronology bear directly on biographical questions and current accounts of Mozart's stylistic development as well as his compositional methods. We learn here, for example, that the "first" horn concerto was in fact Mozart's last, and that he did not even complete the second movement, which was finished after his death by his pupil Sussmayr. The writing (and, in some cases, rewriting) of his later operas such as "Figaro" and "Cosi fan tutte" also lends itself to investigation by the same techniques; this is resulting in the rediscovery of some lost measures and little-known variant versions of arias. Tyson's style is clear and elegant, and the originality of his work and the soundness of his inferences make this book a pleasure.

New Dating Methods: Watermarks and Paper-Studies
Redating Mozart: Some Stylistic and Biographical Implications
New Light on Mozart's "Prussian" Quartets
La clemenza di Tito and Its Chronology
A Reconstruction of Nannerl Mozart's Music Book (Notenbuch)
The Date of Mozart's Piano Sonata in B-flat, K.333(315c): The "Linz" Sonata?
Mozart's "Haydn" Quartets: The Contribution of Paper-Studies
The Origins of Mozart's "Hunt" Quartet, K.458
The Two Slow Movements of Mozart's "Paris" Symphony, K.297
Le nozze di Figaro: Lessons from the Autograph Score
The Mozart Fragments in the Mozarteum, Salzburg: A Preliminary Study of Their Chronology and Their Significance
The Dates of Mozart's Missa brevis K. 258 and Missa longa K.262(246a): An Investigation into His Klein-Querformat Papers
On the Composition of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte
Mozart's Use of 10-Staff and 12-Staff Paper
Notes on the Genesis of Mozart's "Ein musikalischer Spass," K.522
Mozart's D-Major Horn Concerto: Questions of Date and of Authenticity
The Rondo for Piano and Orchestra, K.386
Some Problems in the Text of Le nozze di Figaro: Did Mozart Have a Hand in Them?
General index
Index of Archival Institutions and Their Holdings
Index of Mozart's Compositions
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ISBN: 9780674588318
ISBN-10: 0674588312
Series: Studies of the Autograph Scores
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 391
Published: 1st March 1990
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Type: New edition