Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the great icons of Western music. An amazing prodigy-he toured the capitals of Europe while still a child, astonishing royalty and professional musicians with his precocious skills-he wrote as an adult some of the finest music in the entire European tradition. Les mer
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the great icons of Western music. An amazing prodigy-he toured the capitals of Europe while still a child, astonishing royalty and professional musicians with his precocious skills-he wrote as an adult some of the finest music in the entire European tradition.
Julian Rushton offers a concise and up-to-date biography of this musical genius, combining a well-researched life of the composer with an introduction to the works-symphonic, chamber, sacred, and theatrical-of one of the few musicians in history to have written undisputed masterpieces in every genre open to composers of his time. Rushton offers a vivid portrait of the composer, ranging from Mozart the Wunderkind-travelling with his family from Salzburg to Vienna, Paris, London, Rome,
and Milan-to the mature author of such classic works as "The Marriage of Figaro", "Don Giovanni", and "The Magic Flute". During the past half-century, scholars have thoroughly explored Mozart's life and music, offering new interpretations of his compositions based on their historical context and
providing a factual basis for confirming or, more often, debunking fanciful accounts of the man and his work. Rushton takes full advantage of these biographical and musical studies as well as the definitive New Mozart Edition to provide an accurate account of Mozart's life and, equally important, an insightful look at the music itself, complete with musical examples.
An engaging biography for general readers that will also be an informative resource for scholars, this new addition to the prestigious Master Musicians series offers an authoritative portrait of one of the defining figures of European culture.

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Prefacevii




List of Abbreviations

ix
Pitch Notationxi




Salzburg and the Grand Tour: 1756-1769

1(13)




Works by an `almost supernatural talent'

14(12)




Italy and Salzburg: 1769-1773

26(6)




Opera Seria: `fitting the clothes to the figure'

32(7)




Salzburg: 1773-1777

39(6)




Sacred Music: `I have thoroughly acquainted myself with that style since my youth'

45(12)




Mannheim and Paris: 1777-1779

57(8)




The `Classical Style': Mozart and the Keyboard

65(13)




Salzburg and Munich: 1779-1781

78(7)




Orchestral Music: `the glorious effect of a symphony with flutes, oboes, and clarinets'

85(17)




Vienna: 1781-1785

102(16)




Singspiel: `music must never offend the ear'

118(11)




`Land of the Clavier': Piano Concertos and Piano Chamber Music

129(18)




Vienna and Prague: 1785-1788

147(17)




Chamber Music: `the greatest composer I know'

164(19)




Opera Buffa: `most important is that it must be really comic'

183(18)




The Last Years: 1788-1791

201(15)




The Last Works: `a rich possession, but even fairer hopes'

216(16)




Aftermath: `... de morte transire ad vitam'

232(67)




Appendices





Calendar

247(6)




List of Works

253(24)




Personalia

277(18)




Select Bibliography

295(4)
Index299