Mozart An Introduction to the Music, the Man, and the Myths

ISBN-10: 1574671898
ISBN-13: 9781574671896
Edition: 2010
Authors: Roye E. Wates
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 9/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Mozart: An Introduction to the Music, the Man, and the Myths explores in detail 20 of the composer's major works in the context of his tragically brief life and the turbulent times in which he lived. Addressed to non-musicians seeking to deepen their technical appreciation for his music while learning more about Mozart the man than the caricature portrayed in the 1986 movie Amadeus, this book offers extensive biographical and historical background - debunking many well-established Mozart myths - along with guided study of compositions representing every genre of 18th-century music: opera, concerto, symphony, church music, divertimento and serenade, sonata, and string quartet. Author Roye E. Wates, a Mozart specialist, has taught music history to thousands of non-musicians, both undergraduates and adults, as a Professor of Music at Boston University and from 2002-2004 as director of Boston University's Adult Music Seminar at Tanglewood, summer residence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mozart: An Introduction to the Music, the Man, and the Myths provides a unique combination of biographical detail, up-to-date research, detailed musical analyses, and clear definitions of terms. Amateurs as well as more advanced musicians will gain a greater understanding of Mozart's encyclopedic mastery.

Preface
Illustrations
Searching for Mozart
Why This Book? Sources, Myths, and a Movie
What Did Mozart Look Like?
Was He Called Amadeus?
Mozart as Craftsman
Mozart's Family
Timetable of Eighteenth-Century Events
The Age of Enlightenment
A Mozart Chronology
Childhood and Youth, 1756-1773
Life in Salzburg
Educating Nannerl and Woferl
The Children's Spare Time
Raising a Child in the Eighteenth Century: Two Theories
Why Make These Tours?
Challenges and Hazards on Tour
Joys and Triumphs
Home Again
Mozart in his Music: Major Forms and How to Listen to them
Instruments of Mozart's Day
Mozart and the Piano
Variation Form
Twelve Variations for Piano on "Ah, vous dirai-je, maman," K. 265/300e
Divertimentos, Serenades, Etc.
Dance Form
Two Minuets from Divertimento in D Major, K. 131
Violin Concertos
Rondo Form
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in G Major, K. 216, "Strasbourg"
Symphonies
Sonata Form
Symphony in G Minor, K. 183/173dB
In Search of Employment, 1777-1779
Itinerary: Munich, Augsburg, Mannheim, Paris
Mannheim
Paris
A Turning Point
The "Paris" Symphony
Symphony in D Major, K. 297/300a, "Paris"
The Mysterious Paris Piano Sonata
Piano Sonata in A Minor, K. 310/300d
Return to Salzburg, 1779-1780
New Genre: The Sinfonia Concertante
Comparing Sonata Form to Concerto First-Movement Form
Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major for Violin and Viola, K. 364/320d
Vienna, 1781-1791
Mozart's Life in Vienna
Opera and Singspiel
Two Operas with Lorenzo da Ponte
Scenes from The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
Figaro and Susanna (duettino): "Cinque ... dieci ... venti ..."
Cherubino (aria): "Non so pi�, cosa son, cosa faccio"
Figaro (aria): "Non pi� andrai"
Scenes from Don Giovanni, K. 527
Leporello, Donna Anna, Don Giovanni, and the Commendatore (ensemble): Opening scene of Act I
Don Giovanni and Zerlina (recitative and dute): "Alfin siam liberati ... L� ci darem la mano"
Don Giovanni, Leporello, and the Statue of the Commendatore (recitative): "Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m'invitasti"
Piano Concertos
Piano Concerto in C Minor, K. 491
Piano Concerto in E-Flat Major, K. 482
Symphonies
Symphony in D Major, K. 504, "Prague"
Symphony in C Major, K. 551, "Jupiter"
Chamber Music
String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonance"
Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581
Church Music
Mass in C Major, K. 317 317, "Coronation"
Mass in C Minor, K. 427/417a (unfinished)
Mozart and Freemasonry
Letter to His Father in April 1787
The Magic Flute, K. 620 (Die Zauberfl�te)
Scenes from The Magic Flute
Queen of Night (recitative and aria): "O zitre nicht ... Zum Leiden bin ich auserkoren"
Tamino, the Three Ladies, and Papageno (quintet): "Hm! hm! hm!"
Papageno and Papagena (duet): "Pa-Pa-Pa"
Requiem, K. 626 (unfinished)
The Final Year, Death, and Burial
1791
What Did He Die Of?
Burial
After December 5, 1791
Amadeus
Background and Context of the Film
Issues to Think About While viewing Amadeus
Music on the Amadeus Soundtrack
Excerpts of Letters from the Childhood Tours, 1762-1773
Important People in Mozart's Life
Building a Portfolio of Recordings
What Should I Listen to Next?
Notes for Musical Beginners
Glossary of Musical Terms
Select Annotated Bibliography
Index

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