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.
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.