Mozart in Context

Mozart in Context

by Simon P. Keefe (Editor)


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The vibrant intellectual, social and political climate of mid eighteenth-century Europe presented opportunities and challenges for artists and musicians alike. This book focuses on Mozart the man and musician as he responds to different aspects of that world. It reveals his views on music, aesthetics and other matters; on places in Austria and across Europe that shaped his life; on career contexts and environments, including patronage, activities as an impresario, publishing, theatrical culture and financial matters; on engagement with performers and performance, focusing on Mozart's experiences as a practicing musician; and on reception and legacy from his own time through to the present day. Probing diverse Mozartian contexts in a variety of ways, the contributors reflect the vitality of existing scholarship and point towards areas primed for further study. This volume is essential reading for students and scholars of late eighteenth-century music and for Mozart aficionados and music lovers in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781316632444
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/10/2019
Series: Composers in Context Series
Pages: 351
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Simon P. Keefe is James Rossiter Hoyle Chair of Music at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of four books on Mozart, including Mozart in Vienna: the Final Decade (Cambridge, 2017) and Mozart's Requiem: Reception, Work, Completion (Cambridge, 2012), which won the Marjorie Weston Emerson Award from the Mozart Society of America. He is also the editor of six volumes for Cambridge, including Mozart Studies (Cambridge, 2006) and Mozart Studies 2 (Cambridge, 2015). In 2005, he was elected a life member of the Academy for Mozart Research at the International Mozart Foundation in Salzburg.

Table of Contents

Part I. Personality, Work, Worldview: 1. Personal relationships Simon P. Keefe; 2. Learning and teaching Adeline Mueller; 3. Compositional methods Ulrich Leisinger; 4. Religious views David Wyn Jones; 5. Aesthetic views Edmund J. Goehring; 6. Mozart and contemporary composers Bertil van Boer; 7. Mozart and freemasonry Jessica Waldoff; 8. Mozart iconography Christoph Großpietsch; Part II. Towns, Cities, Countries: 9. Salzburg Viktor Töpelmann; 10. Vienna David Wyn Jones; 11. Germany Paul Corneilson; 12. Italy Sergio Durante; 13. France Jean-Paul Montagnier; 14. Prague Kathryn L. Libin; 15. London Hannah M. Templeton; Part III. Career Contexts and Environments: 16. Patronage Paul Corneilson; 17. Mozart as impresario Martin Harlow; 18. Publishing Rupert Ridgewell; 19. Theatrical life in Mozart's Vienna Lisa de Alwis; 20. Mozart and finances Jessica Waldoff; Part IV. Performers and Performance: 21. Instrumentalists in Salzburg and abroad Ulrich Leisinger; 22. Instruments and instrumentalists in Vienna Martin Harlow; 23. The opera singers in Vienna Dorothea Link; 24. Mozart's Italian and German singers Paul Corneilson; 25. Mozart the performer-composer Simon P. Keefe; 26. Instrumental performance practice John Irving; 27. Vocal performance practice Sarah Potter; Part V. Reception and Legacy: 28. Reactions to Mozart in his lifetime Ian Woodfield; 29. Biographical and critical traditions Simon P. Keefe; 30. Mozart in theory and analysis Stephen Rumph; 31. The Köchel catalogue Ulrich Leisinger; 32. Mozart's influence on nineteenth-century composers Edward Klorman; 33. Mythmaking Adeline Mueller; 34. Editing Mozart Rupert Ridgewell; 35. Mozart on record John Irving; Further reading; Index of Mozart's works by Köchel number; Index of Mozart's works by genre; General index.

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