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Wolfgang Amade Mozart - Georg Knepler

Wolfgang Amade Mozart

By: Georg Knepler, David Blake (Foreword by), J. Bradford Robinson (Translator)

Paperback Published: 12th May 1997
ISBN: 9780521588232
Number Of Pages: 412

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Described in Germany as the 'most thought-provoking' book of the bicentennial year, Georg Knepler's critical study explores Mozart's life and works from many new perspectives, providing fresh insights into his music and the tempestuous times through which he lived. In what is more than just a biography, Professor Knepler takes a semiotic approach, explaining in readily accessible language, the immediacy and universal appeal of Mozart's music. Based on a close reading of the family correspondence and a detailed look at Mozart's entire musical output, the book sheds new light on Mozart's creative psyche, his political leanings, his relation to the thoughts and currents of the Enlightenment, and the underlying basis of his musical expression. This is a book which raises important questions about Mozart the man, Mozart the towering genius, and the universal validity of his creations.

Industry Reviews

'... this is a book to be read enthusiastically from cover to cover, and to return to frequently ... a notable addition to the Mozart literature.' The Observer

Outline of a remarkable life
From child prodigy to genius
'Expressing convictions and thoughts ... in notes'
Mozart's reading habits
Making things significant
The major-minor opposition
Mozart in the eyes of posterity
A turning point
Taking stock of Salzburg
The move to Vienna
Other remarkable lives
'Mozart of the Wohlt├Ątigkeit'
Convictions and thoughts: a closer look
A traditionalist?
The question of imitation
Zerlina and the three modes of music
The 'genuine natural forms' of music
Musical portraits
How opera was dramatised by the symphony
How instrumental music was semanticized by vocal music
Conclusions from endings
Building blocks and principles of construction
'A hostile fate - though only in Vienna'
Mozart in his day and ours
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ISBN: 9780521588232
ISBN-10: 0521588235
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 12th May 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.19  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.66