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Book Title: Mozart's Letters, Mozart's Life|
The author of the book: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Edition: Faber Faber
Date of issue: April 15th 2004
ISBN 13: 9780571222926
Format files: PDF
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This is the kind of book which has a subject that attracts me, but probably would never buy by myself. Luckily I received it as a gift, and what a wonderful read it was.
As an admirer of Mozart’s music and so far of being an expert on the matter, I read a couple of short biographies in the past. On the other side, I have never have experienced any long epistolary account. I always felt that letters did present a deviated version of the facts, almost with an advertising halo over themselves by definition. However, these letters were never intended to be published and this gives to the collection an inherent candidness. If there is some self promotion is aimed to his family or friends, specially his father.
It’s already legendary how foul mouthed was the musician. What is not so widely known is how creative was Mozart with words. These and a lot other personality tracks are patent in this letters. Sometimes naïve, sometimes harshly critical, never good with the finances, you name it, but one thing, not surprisingly he was always: An absolute professional with music. The way he expresses about his developing compositions is always transcendental. In these letters he rarely refers to music in purely technical terms. He is always taking about it as a living entity. ´In an opera the poesie must always be the obedient daughter of Music´ he tells his father. How interesting is to see how seriously he writes about music from the first letter at 14 years old to his last existing letter, months before he died, when he was 35, always in a serious way, apart from any other mood change or situation.
One thing that surprised me, is how he adapted his opera compositions, to specific singers and how he was engaged in the whole production process. Used as we are now, that the ‘classic’ music is an interpretation of a ‘timeless’ piece, made by someone who is not among us anymore, it is interesting to see the interaction of the artist with his work, for the first time.
Knowing Mozart’s music and his current universal fame it’s hard to think of him trying to get a decent job or even get fair payment for his compositions, but that was the reality of his entire life. Although he received the recognition for his greatest operas and as a consumed piano player in his day, he had to fight, till the day he died, to have a good stable income, something he never achieved. Can you imagine a court, having Mozart during weeks, desperate to have a post as Kappelmeister, just to deny the opportunity and then hire someone nobody remembers today? That happened a lot of times, and reading these letters a posteriori, you can feel the anguish of the situation, and well, think: Come on! This is Mozart, don’t you see! This struggle makes you get emotional when Mozart describes a success, as he expressed to his father when Die Entführung aus dem Serail opened: ...throughout the first act the people were hissing, but they couldn´t silence the loud shouts of Bravo during the arias...
To finish this review, just let me say. If you enjoy Mozart’s music already, buy this book. It will enrich your experience on his already wonderful compositions. It´s a magical window into another world. The very personal world of one of the greatest composers of western music.
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Read information about the authorWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over six hundred works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.
Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood in Salzburg. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty; at seventeen he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. Visiting Vienna in 1781 he was dismissed from his Salzburg position and chose to stay in the capital, where over the rest of life he achieved fame but little financial security. The final years in Vienna yielded many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and the Requiem. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons.
Mozart always learned voraciously from others, and developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate—the whole informed by a vision of humanity "redeemed through art, forgiven, and reconciled with nature and the absolute". His influence on all subsequent Western art music is profound. Beethoven wrote his own early compositions in the shadow of Mozart, of whom Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years".
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