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Mozart and the Enlightenment Truth, Virtue and Beauty in Mozart's Operas

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ISBN-10: 0393313956

ISBN-13: 9780393313956

Edition: 1995

Authors: Nicholas Till

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In this illuminating new study of Mozart's operas, Nicholas Till shows that the composer was not a "divine idiot" but an artist whose work was informed by the ideas and discoveries of his time. Examining the dramatic emergence of a modern society in eighteenth-century Austria, Till reappraises the history and meaning of the Enlightenment and Mozart's role within it. Book jacket.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/17/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Nicholas Till is Professor of Opera and Music Theatre and Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. He has previously worked as a director for opera companies in the UK and Europe and as a librettist and director for new works performed by Royal Opera Garden Venture, English National Opera Studio and Stuttgart Opera, among others. He is the author of Mozart and the Enlightenment (1992), has written extensively on contemporary opera and music theatre and has taught in many fields, including visual arts, theatre and film. As Director of the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre at the University of Sussex, he regularly contributes talks and programme articles to opera…    

List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Enlightenment and the eighteenth century
Salzburg and the Years of Travel 1756-1781
The education of a bourgeois artist
La finta giardiniera
Opera and the Enlightenment
The German artist
Zaide
Idomeneo
Vienna the Years of Optimism 1781-1786
Vienna and the Enlightenment
Mozart's arrival in Vienna
Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail
Freemasonry and the Catholic Enlightenment
The return to Italian opera
Le nozze di Figaro
The meaning of classicism
The Years of Retreat 1786-1791
The collapse of Josephinism
Don Giovanni
Cosi fan tutte
La clemenza di Tito
Die Zauberflote
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index