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Mozart in Vienna : The Final Decade - Simon P. Keefe

Mozart in Vienna

The Final Decade

Hardcover Published: 27th October 2017
ISBN: 9781107116719
Number Of Pages: 714

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Mozart's greatest works were written in Vienna in the decade before his death (1781-1791). This biography focuses on Mozart's dual roles as a performer and composer and reveals how his compositional processes are affected by performance-related concerns. It traces consistencies and changes in Mozart's professional persona and his modus operandi and sheds light on other prominent musicians, audience expectations, publishing, and concert and dramatic practices and traditions. Giving particular prominence to primary sources, Simon P. Keefe offers new biographical and critical perspectives on the man and his music, highlighting his extraordinary ability to engage with the competing demands of singers and instrumentalists, publishing and public performance, and concerts and dramatic productions in the course of a hectic, diverse and financially uncertain freelance career. This comprehensive and accessible volume is essential for Mozart lovers and scholars alike, exploring his Viennese masterpieces and the people and environments that shaped them.

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'Simon P. Keefe is one of our greatest experts on Mozart's life and on his music. In Keefe's new book he weaves the two together into an extended narrative showing the many connections between the two. His graceful prose makes this admirable book accessible to anyone - whether beginner, experienced amateur, or professional - who is interested in gaining a fuller understanding of Mozart the man and the conditions under which he produced his extraordinary music.' Neal Zaslaw, Cornell University
'An authoritative, richly annotated volume by a leading Mozart scholar that offers a comprehensive survey of the composer's life and music in the last ten years of his life. The integration of these two aspects is a signal achievement: a life in music, rather than a life alongside the music. The volume will be an accessible point of reference for years to come.' David Wyn Jones, Cardiff University
Advance praise: `Simon P. Keefe is one of our greatest experts on Mozart's life and on his music. In Keefe's new book he weaves the two together into an extended narrative showing the many connections between the two. His graceful prose makes this admirable book accessible to anyone - whether beginner, experienced amateur, or professional - who is interested in gaining a fuller understanding of Mozart the man and the conditions under which he produced his extraordinary music.' Neal Zaslaw, Cornell University
Advance praise: `An authoritative, richly annotated volume by a leading Mozart scholar that offers a comprehensive survey of the composer's life and music in the last ten years of his life. The integration of these two aspects is a signal achievement: a life in music, rather than a life alongside the music. The volume will be an accessible point of reference for years to come.' David Wyn Jones, Cardiff University

Part I. Beginnings, 1781-1782: 1. Settling in Vienna: exploiting opportunities for instrumental performance and composition; 2. Singers and effects: seeking operatic success in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail; Part II. Instrumental and Vocal Music, 1782-1786: 3. Consolidating experiences and expanding horizons: the instrumental music, 1782-83; 4. 'You can easily imagine that I must inevitably play some new things': Mozart's piano concertos and other instrumental works for concerts, 1784-1786; 5. Composing, performing and publishing: the 'Haydn' string quartets and other chamber music for publication, 1784-86; 6. Operas, arias, ensembles, songs and a mass: vocal and dramatic music, 1782-86; Part III. The Da Ponte Operas, 1786-1790: 7. Le nozze di Figaro; 8. In Prague and Vienna: Don Giovanni, 1787-88; 9. The Figaro revival and Cosi fan tutte; Part IV. Instrumental Music, 1786-90: 10. For publication and performance: solo and chamber music; 11. Orchestral music and concert activities; Part V. Mozart in 1791: 12. New beginnings, continuations and endings: Mozart's last year.

ISBN: 9781107116719
ISBN-10: 1107116716
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 714
Published: 27th October 2017
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.98 x 18.39  x 3.89
Weight (kg): 1.57

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