Mozart and His Operas


Author: David Cairns

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141904054

Category: Music

Page: 320

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David Cairns weaves a brilliantly engaging narrative which puts Mozart’s operas in the context of his life, showing how they illuminate his creativity as a whole. Mozart’s unusual childhood as a musical prodigy touring Europe as a performer from an early age is well known. But even more remarkable is that the genius grew up, surviving his unnatural early years and producing works of increasing maturity and originality. Using the operas as his guide, Cairns traces the steady deepening of Mozart’s musical style from his beginnings as a child prodigy, through his coming of age with what Cairns sees as the most Romantic and forward-looking of all Mozart’s operas, Idomeneo, the later genius displayed in the three comic operas, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte, and in The Magic Flute, the final and greatest triumph of his career.

The New Grove Guide to Mozart and His Operas


Author: Julian Rushton

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780195313185

Category: Music

Page: 248

View: 3253

Each entry in the New Grove Guides series of composers and their operas is based on articles in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, that feature information on the lives of individual composers, their works, their librettists and interpreters, and the places where they performed. These unique books compile the meticulously researched articles into organized narratives, designed to make finding information as easy as possible without sacrificing readability. Each volume is completely up-to-date, and includes a suggested listening guide and an eight-page glossy insert containing relevant illustrations. Each volume is a must-own for lovers of opera and classical music. One of the best known and most admired figures in European music was Wolfgang Amadè Mozart. His short but colorful life is of enduring interest, and his works remain central to the repertories of classical music. This book gives a concise and scholarly account of Mozart's activities as a composer of operas. It includes a concise biography, orientated towards the operas; an essay on Mozart's operatic contribution and style, and the antecedents to his operas; a separate synopsis and historical account of each opera; and three essays which bind into narrative form the dictionary entries on librettists, interpreters, and venues. There is a new introduction, a glossary of relevant terms, a list of operatic roles, and a guide to listening.


The Early Years 1756-1781


Author: Stanley Sadie

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198165293

Category: Music

Page: 644

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In the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, few people would question his rating as the most popular of all classical composers. Yet there exists no substantial, up-to-date English-language study of the man and his works. Aiming to fill this gap, Sadie draws substantially on family correspondence, and discusses individual works in sequence, relating them to the events and relationships of his life. Much new material connected with Mozart has come to light in recent years and understanding of the context for Mozart's music has broadened immensely. Sadie's biography digests and interprets this corpus of new information.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A Biography


Author: Piero Melograni

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226519562

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 2052

A comprehensive biography of eighteenth-century Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that chronicles his life, his music, and the mystery concerning his death and burial.

Mozart's Operas

(A Centennial Book)


Author: Daniel Heartz

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520078727

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 363

View: 1857

Essays discuss the last decade of Mozart's operas, and consider the pertinence of opera outside Vienna at the end of the 18th century

Mozart, His Character, His Work


Author: Alfred Einstein

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195007328

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 492

View: 9786

Written by one of the world's outstanding music historians and critics, the late Alfred Einstein, this classic study of Mozart's character and works brings to light many new facts about his relationship with his family, his susceptibility to ambitious women, and his associations with musicalcontemporaries, as well as offering a penetrating analysis of his operas, piano music, chamber music, and symphonies.

Antonio Salieri and Viennese Opera


Author: John A. Rice

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226711256

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 648

View: 6485

Bringing Salieri, his operas, and eighteenth-century Viennese theater vividly to life, Rice places Salieri where he belongs: no longer lurking in Mozart's shadow, but standing proudly among the leading opera composers of his age. Rice's research in the archives of Vienna and Budapest and close study of the scores reveal Salieri to have been a prolific, versatile, and adventurous composer for the stage. Countering the old view of Salieri as Mozart's mortal enemy with musical evidence suggesting that Mozart and Salieri learned from and respected one another, Rice argues that Salieri's operatic innovations paved the way for some of Mozart's most remarkable achievements. A generous selection of excerpts from Salieri's works, most previously unpublished, will give readers a fuller appreciation for his musical style than was previously possible.

Cabals and Satires

Mozart's Comic Operas in Vienna


Author: Ian Woodfield

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190692634

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 5593

When Joseph II placed his opera buffa troupe in competition with the re-formed Singspiel, he provoked an intense struggle between supporters of the rival national genres, who organized claques to cheer or hiss at performances, and encouraged press correspondents to write slanted notices. It was in this fraught atmosphere that Mozart collaborated with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte on his three mature Italian comedies--Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte. In Cabals and Satires: Mozart's Comic Operas in Vienna, Ian Woodfield brings the fascinating dynamics of this inter-troupe contest into focus. He reveals how Mozart, while not immune from the infighting, was able to weather satirical attacks, successfully negotiate the unpredictable twists and turns of theatre politics during the lean years of the Austro-Turkish War, and seal his reputation with a revival of Figaro in 1789 as a Habsburg festive work. Mozart's deft navigation of the turbulent political waters of this period left him well placed to benefit from the revival of the commercial stage in Vienna--the most enduring musical consequence of the war years.

The Age of Mozart and Beethoven


Author: Giorgio Pestelli

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521241496

Category: Music

Page: 323

View: 8777

An examination of one of the crucial periods of musical history, viewed against the social and political background of the time.

Mozart's Women

His Family, His Friends, His Music


Author: Jane Glover

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330418584

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 406

View: 8233

Mozart was fascinated, amused, aroused, hurt, and betrayed by women. This biography looks at his interaction with each, starting with his family (his mother, Maria Anna and beloved and talented sister, Nannerl), and his marriage (which brought his 'other family', the Weber sisters). It examines his relationships with his artists.