Mozart speaks: views on music, musicians, and the world : drawn from the letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other early accounts

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Mozart Speaks is a tapestry of letters, documents, contemporary accounts, and insightful commentary--a guide to Mozart's thoughts on almost every subject. Topically organized excerpts from Mozart's writings convey his daily preoccupations and pleasures, his experience of the musician's life, and his observations as he traveled throughout Europe. At the heart of the book are Mozart's ideas about music: his artistic code, his teaching methods, and his views on the art and craft of composition. Book jacket.

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Marshall (music, Brandeis Univ.) here attempts to write the book on music that Mozart always wanted to write. Derived from letters and other sources, the scope includes both musical and nonmusical ... Read full review

Contents

Keyboard Player
8
The Career
37
Recognition and Reputation
55
Concert Life
70
The Opera World
84
Audiences
90
Current Events
106
Personal Affairs
129
Composers Opera versus Singers Opera
238
Dramaturgy
246
Individual
255
Arias and Songs
271
Church Music
277
Instrumental Music
285
Keyboard Music
291
Forms of Fashion
301

Confessions
150
Personal Philosophy
160
A Short Introduction
181
The Craft of Composition
196
Fundamentals
202
Singing
209
Keyboard Performance
217
Serious or Comic
225
Lost and Unfinished Compositions
313
Composers
319
The Good A I
334
Orchestras and Conductors
374
Biographical Glossary
393
Bibliography
419
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About the author (1991)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a prolific and influential composer. Since its first performance in 1791, The Magic Flute has been a crowd pleasing opera and it remains one of the most celebrated in its genre.

Robert L. Marshall is Louis, Frances, and Jeffery Sachar Professor Emeritus of Music at Brandeis University.

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