The life of Mozart has long been obscured by legend, and the vast international success of Amadeus on stage and screen has only contributed to a distorted image of this most sublime and beloved of composers, whose story is dramatic enough without questionable embellishments. Now Volkmar Braunbehrens has done for Mozart's final decade - the period of his greatest creativity - what H.C. Robbins Landon did in his best selling "1791: Mozart's Last Year." He has stripped away the sentimental myths and accretions to provide an honest, rightly factual account of the mature Mozart against the cultural, social, and political background of the times.
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That there is still something lively and pertinent to say about Mozart after 200 years and hundreds of books is evident in this translation of a recent German study. Braunbehrens, a music historian and journalist, examines the Viennese social scene, the role that musicians, Jews and Freemasons played in the life of the city, the many apartments in which Mozart lived, how much he earned and how he spent it. His depiction of the character of Mozart's wife Constanze is fresh and sympathetic. He examines the manner of Mozart's death and the probable facts about his "pauper's funeral"; tracing their origins, he disproves or dispels some of the myths and legends surrounding the young genius. Braunbehrens focuses on Mozart the man, the son, husband and father; readers must turn elsewhere for a fuller discussion of his musical achievements. Photos not seen by PW.
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Descrizione libro Grove Pr, 1990. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0802110096
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