Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart A Biography

ISBN-10: 0226519619
ISBN-13: 9780226519616
Edition: 2008
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Description: Piero Melograni here offers a wholly readable account of Mozart’s remarkable life and times. This masterful biography proceeds from the young Mozart’s earliest years as a wunderkind—the child prodigy who traveled with his family to perform concerts  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Piero Melograni here offers a wholly readable account of Mozart’s remarkable life and times. This masterful biography proceeds from the young Mozart’s earliest years as a wunderkind—the child prodigy who traveled with his family to perform concerts throughout Europe—to his formative years in Vienna, where he fully absorbed the artistic and intellectual spirit of the Enlightenment, to his deathbed, his unfinishedRequiem, and the mystery that still surrounds his burial. Melograni’s deft use of Mozart’s letters throughout confers authority and vitality to his recounting, and his expertise brings Mozart’s eighteenth-century milieu evocatively to life. Written with a gifted historian’s flair for narrative and unencumbered by specialized analyses of Mozart’s music, Melograni’s is the most vivid and enjoyable biography of Mozart available. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; “Italian historian Piero Melograni delivers a charming biography. Expertly grounded by the massive correspondence between Mozart and his highly complex family, Melograni’s study benefits from its author’s keen understanding of the changing social environments of the late eighteenth century.”—Todd B. Sollis,Opera News nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; “The idea that Mozart's achievements had nothing to do with self-discipline, hard work, knowledge or intellect is deeply embedded in the popular image of his genius, but Melograni . . . will have none of it, pointing out how hard Mozart worked on his music, even as a child, and suggesting that the ‘eternal child’ view was put about by . . . family members to emphasize Wolfgang's need for and dependence on them.”—Sheila Fitzpatrick,LondonReview of Books

Preface
Prologue: June 1765: In a London Tavern
1756-1767: The Rise and Decline of the Child Prodigy
1767-1777: Searching for a Post with His Father
1777-1778: In Search of a Permanent Post with His Mother
1778-1780: A Difficult Homecoming
1780-1782: Winning Freedom
1782-1786: Vienna: Difficulties and Successes
1786-1790: The Great Italian Operas
1791: Mozart's Last Year
Epilogue: Mozart Lives On
Cited Works of Mozart
Note on the English Translation
Notes
Bibliographical Notes
Index

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