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Mozart : A Cultural Biography - Robert Gutman


A Cultural Biography

Paperback Published: 2nd November 2000
ISBN: 9780156011716
Number Of Pages: 864

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This major work, the result of years of careful study and analysis, places Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life and music in the context of the intellectual, political and artistic currents of eighteenth-century Europe. The result is a fresh interpretation of Mozart's genius, as Robert Gutman shows the great composer in a new light. With an informed and sensitive handling, Mozart emerges as an affectionate and generous man with family and friends, self-deprecating, witty, and winsome but also an austere moralist, incisive and purposeful. The major genres in which Mozart worked-chamber music, liturgical, theater and keyboard compositions, concertos, operas, symphonies, and oratorios-are unfolded to reveal a man of luminous intellect. Mozart is an extraordinary portrait of a man and his times and a brilliant distillation of musical thought.

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Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xix
Salzburg and Empire; Prince and Burgher; Leopold Mozartp. 1
Sapere aude; Liberal Sensibilities and Irreconcilable Tendenciesp. 19
The Mask and the Face: Ambivalence without Resolutionp. 32
Salzburg's Handsomest Pair; Strategic Blunders and Patrician Waysp. 43
The Prodigy's Earliest Yearsp. 54
The First Visit to Viennap. 63
Stratagems and Treacheries: A Glance Backp. 72
The Mozarts' Grand Tour. The First Phase: Bavaria, Swabia, Wurttemberg, the Palatinate, and the Rhinelandp. 90
A Season of Fermentation and Redressp. 114
Courtly Opera and Its Decline; a New Aesthetic and Decorump. 130
The Grand Tour Continues: Brussels and Parisp. 160
Englandp. 180
The Lowlands, Paris, Burgundy, and Switzerlandp. 203
Back in Salzburg; Vienna and Moraviap. 222
The First Sojourn in Italyp. 250
Two More Italian Visits with German Respitesp. 291
An Attempt to Breathe Freely; Munichp. 318
Salzburg Interlude; Cashieredp. 346
The Tour with Mama: Preludep. 369
Mannheimp. 383
Paris I: The Whirlwind Dies Downp. 407
Paris II: The Plan to Bring Mozart Homep. 422
Paris III: Kapellmeister Presumptivep. 434
Slow Progress Toward Salzburgp. 455
At Home: Bucolic Salzburgp. 475
The Second Bavarian Miraclep. 491
Vienna: Enchanted Groundp. 531
Vienna: Putting Down Rootsp. 562
Vienna: Defining His Rubiconp. 599
Vienna: Balancing Old Accountsp. 624
Vienna: Diverse Productionp. 642
Vienna: Plurality of Meanings; Moral Ambiguitiesp. 682
Vienna: A Recipe for Exhaustionp. 710
Vienna: A Normal Single Gravep. 734
Lux Perpetuap. 748
Selected Bibliographyp. 758
Source Notesp. 774
Indexp. 799
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ISBN: 9780156011716
ISBN-10: 0156011719
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 864
Published: 2nd November 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 5.33
Weight (kg): 1.27

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