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The Treasures of Mozart - John Irving

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Mozart is perhaps the greatest composer who ever lived. His music, like Shakespeare's prose, expresses every facet of the human condition, and transcends time and place.

This new title in the Treasures series pays tribute to Mozart's musical brilliance, covering his entire life and major works in a series of lavish spreads. Follow Mozart as he takes his first steps as a composer, tours Europe as a child genius, struggles to reconcile his artistic vision with his patrons' demands, and achieves fame but not fortune--tragically dying at only 35 years of age in abject poverty.

Learn, also, about his encounter with Haydn, connection with the Masons, and marvelous operas: "The Marriage of Figaro," "Don Giovanni," " Cosi fan tutte," and "The Magic Flute."

Boxed sidebars and facsimile documents complete the exquisite slipcased package, which comes complete with a CD of Mozart's most enchanting pieces.

Facsimile Documents Include:

  • Original scores
  • Letters to friends and family, including those from Mozart telling his father and sister of his mother's death
  • Concert posters
  • Concert programs-
  • Reviews and criticisms.
About the Author

John Irving is Professor of Music History and Performance Practice at the University of Bristol. His main interest is in the instrumental music of Mozart. He is a frequent speaker at musicology conferences in the UK and internationally and a Council Member of the Royal Musical Association. He is General Editor of a new series of monographs on William Byrd, and editor of several volumes of the series Musica Britannica and Corpus of Early Keyboard Music. He divides him time between London and Bristol.


this is a real treasure!


Great reference book with exquisite illustrations. Makes reference reading about the composer, a pure joy.

Perth western australia


The Treasures of Mozart

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The Genius born in Salzburg;
Leopold Mozart;
Salzburg: seat of the Prince Archbishops;
First steps;
Return to Salzburg;
A Vienna Sojourn;
Italy: the Land of Opera;
Italy Beckons again;
Taking Stock of Genius:
Salzburg, Vienna and Munich;
A Grand Tour - Augsburg, Mannheim and Beyond;
Paris Again - Triumph and Tragedy;
Salzburg - Frustration and Farewell;
The Enlightenment;
Vienna - Opportunity Beckons;
The Land of the Clavier;
Piano Concertos;
Chamber Music;
Mozart and the Clarinet;
Le Nozze di Figaro;
Don Giovanni;
Mozart and the Masons;
Cosi fan tutte;
Final Travels - Fame, but no Fortune;
Singspiel - The Magic Flute;
Requiem Aeternam;
The Legacy;
Further Information;
Index and Credits.

ISBN: 9780233002729
ISBN-10: 0233002723
Audience: Professional
Format: Book with Other Items
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 3rd September 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 31.3 x 28.1  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 1.402