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Mozart : Letters and Manuscripts - Gilles Cantagrel


Letters and Manuscripts

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The 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth was celebrated worldwide with festivities and performances.

This was the context for an abundantly illustrated work that provides a biographical guide to the great genius through his own most beautiful manuscripts.

They are accompanied by letters and scores in Mozart's own hand and by portraits and contemporary testimony and documents, offering a picture of the man and his entourage, his time and his compositions.

About the Author

Gilles Cantagrel is a musicologist and former head of France Musiques (Radio France). He specialises in baroque music, Mozart and Bach.

Chapter 1: "The miraculous genius of my son" 9
Leopold, father and master 16
"Ah, shall I tell you, mama?" 18
Nannerl, his big sister 20
First steps at Vienna 22
First attempts, first works 24
Mozart the Bavarian German 26
Chapter 2: "I have to show the world this miracle" 29
Versailles and Paris 34
London 36
Johann Christian Bach 38
Oratorio or opera 40
A Singspiel in Vienna 42
Chapter 3: "You know how I detest Salzburg" 45
Michael Haydn 52
The famous Padre Martini 54
Drama or rebellion? 56
Siegmund Haffner 58
Of the piano and pianists 60
Parisian adventure 62
At the house of the Duchesse de Chabot 64
The break with Salzburg 66
Chapter 4: "Adieu, my angel, my sweetheart" 69
Das Basle, Maria Anna Thekla 74
"It is true she sings marvelously" 76
"Two little black eyes" 78
Games of love and chance 80
"For Mlle Storace and me" 82
"Adieu, beautiful flame!" 84
Chapter 5: "God is ever before my eyes" 87
Music for the Passion 92
"Exsultate, jubilate" 94
The "Coronation" Mass 96
The last mass 98
"Ave verum" 100
Chapter 6: "Not for the Viennese, but for the people of Prague" 103
"My greatest work" 110
"A remarkable concerto" 112
A symphony for Prague 114
An opera for Prague 116
The last concert 118
Farewell to Prague 120
Chapter 7: "I must say, I am very happy with this opera" 124
Idomeneo 130
Prima la musica 132
The abduction from the Seraglio 134
The Marriage of Figaro 136
Don Giovanni 140
Cosi Fan tutte 144
La clemenza di Tito 146
Chapter 8: "The greatest composer…" 150
J.S. Bach: a revelation 154
New quartets 156
Return to the piano 158
Homage to Haydn 160
Trio in a Garden 162
From quartet to quintet 164
Jokes and games 166
Bach revisited 168
The Symphony in G minor 170
"Jupiter", the final symphony 172
Chapter 9: "Most dear friend and brother" 176
"O sacred bond of friendship" 182
A funeral rite 184
"Cure our distempers…" 186
His friend Puchberg 188
Nature and culture 190
Ordeals overcome 192
The golden chain of brotherhood 194
Chapter 10: "This best friend of man" 198
"The saddest day of my life" 204
From carnival to poetry 206
The dying Leopold 208
Mechanical music 210
"My beloved, my only one" 212
A mysterious messenger… 214
Ultima verba 216
Chronology 218
Bibliography 220
Index 221

ISBN: 9780810959750
ISBN-10: 0810959755
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 2nd December 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 31.0 x 25.0  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 1.9
Edition Number: 1