Mozart A Cultural Biography

ISBN-10: 0156011719
ISBN-13: 9780156011716
Edition: 1999
Authors: Robert W. Gutman
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Description: This biography places the great composer's life and music in the context of the intellectual, political, and artistic currents of 18th century Europe, and offers a fresh interpretation of Mozart's genius.

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Book details

List price: $46.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/2/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 864
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

This biography places the great composer's life and music in the context of the intellectual, political, and artistic currents of 18th century Europe, and offers a fresh interpretation of Mozart's genius.

Robert W. Gutman is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Richard Wagner. Gutman was one of the founders and directors of the Master Classes at Bayreuth Festival, where he lectured on Wagner. He was a member of the faculty of the State University of New York, and has taught at The City College of New York, The New School for Social Research, Bard College, and Duchesne College.

Preface
Introduction
Salzburg and Empire; Prince and Burgher; Leopold Mozart
Sapere aude; Liberal Sensibilities and Irreconcilable Tendencies
The Mask and the Face: Ambivalence without Resolution
Salzburg's Handsomest Pair; Strategic Blunders and Patrician Ways
The Prodigy's Earliest Years
The First Visit to Vienna
Stratagems and Treacheries: A Glance Back
The Mozarts' Grand Tour. The First Phase: Bavaria, Swabia, Wurttemberg, the Palatinate, and the Rhineland
A Season of Fermentation and Redress
Courtly Opera and Its Decline; a New Aesthetic and Decorum
The Grand Tour Continues: Brussels and Paris
England
The Lowlands, Paris, Burgundy, and Switzerland
Back in Salzburg; Vienna and Moravia
The First Sojourn in Italy
Two More Italian Visits with German Respites
An Attempt to Breathe Freely; Munich
Salzburg Interlude; Cashiered
The Tour with Mama: Prelude
Mannheim
Paris I: The Whirlwind Dies Down
Paris II: The Plan to Bring Mozart Home
Paris III: Kapellmeister Presumptive
Slow Progress Toward Salzburg
At Home: Bucolic Salzburg
The Second Bavarian Miracle
Vienna: Enchanted Ground
Vienna: Putting Down Roots
Vienna: Defining His Rubicon
Vienna: Balancing Old Accounts
Vienna: Diverse Production
Vienna: Plurality of Meanings; Moral Ambiguities
Vienna: A Recipe for Exhaustion
Vienna: A Normal Single Grave
Lux Perpetua
Selected Bibliography
Source Notes
Index

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