Mozart: A Life

Mozart: A Life

by Maynard Solomon

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Overview

"Maynard Solomon writes with the grace of a novelist, the insight of a philosopher, and the precision of a detective. We come to know Mozart personally, as a musical genius, but more than that, as a living, breathing, thinking person." —Yo-Yo Ma

Considered one of the most important music biographies ever written, esteemed biographer Maynard Solomon draws on a half-century of new information to provide an in-depth account of Mozart’s family life, his passions, and his personality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060883447
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Edition description: W. A. Mozart 250th Birthday Edition
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 181,253
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Maynard Solomon's books on Beethoven and his renowned writings on Mozart, Schubert, and Ives led a contributor to Music & Letters to name him "the leading musicologist-biographer of our time." His classic biography, Beethoven, has been translated into seven languages and his Beethoven Essays received the Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society for best book of the year in 1989. Mr. Solomon, who lives in New York, has taught at Columbia, Harvard, and Yale Universities.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Table of Money Values
xi
A Note on Kochel Numbers xii
Introduction xiii
Prologue The Myth of the Eternal Child 3(18)
BEGINNINGS
Leopold Mozart
21(14)
Early Days
35(8)
The Grand Journey
43(12)
The Family Treasure
55(12)
A Vienna Sojourn
67(10)
The Italian Journeys
77(20)
SALZBURG
The Favorite Son
97(18)
A Composer's Voice
115(22)
A Fool's Errand
137(24)
Mozart in Love
161(16)
A Mother's Death
177(10)
Trouble in Paradise
187(24)
Parallel Lives
211(10)
Farewell to Salzburg
221(20)
VIENNA
Arrival
241(12)
Constanze
253(10)
Two Families
263(14)
Adam
277(8)
The Impresario
285(22)
Portrait of a Composer
307(14)
Freemasonry
321(16)
The Zoroastran Riddles
337(16)
The Carnivalesque Dimension
353(10)
Fearful Symmetries
363(24)
ENDINGS
Little Leopold
387(12)
"Carissima sorella mia"
399(18)
Prague and Beyond
417(20)
The Journey to Berlin
437(18)
A "Constant Sadness"
455(18)
The Last Year
473(10)
The Final Journey
483(22)
The Power of Music
505(16)
Appendix: Mozart's Vienna Earnings 521(8)
Abbreviations 529(2)
Notes 531(62)
Selected Bibliography 593(18)
List of Illustrations 611(3)
Index of Compositions 614(11)
Classified List of Compositions, with Kochel Numbers
614(1)
Operas and Other Stage Works, Listed Alphabetically
615(1)
Other Titled and Nickname Works, Listed Alphabetically
615(1)
Index of Compositions, Listed by Kochel Number
616(9)
General Index 625

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