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Mozart : The Early Years, 1756-1781
by Stanley Sadie and Neal Zaslaw

Overview - Our understanding of Mozart's life and music has broadened immensely in recent years. Much new material has come to light, including discoveries of musical sources and fresh ways of interpreting known ones. Studies in the chronology of Mozart's works, his compositional process, his relationship to the world around him these and many other areas have yielded new thinking that has challenged or overturned the inherited wisdom.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Our understanding of Mozart's life and music has broadened immensely in recent years. Much new material has come to light, including discoveries of musical sources and fresh ways of interpreting known ones. Studies in the chronology of Mozart's works, his compositional process, his relationship to the world around him these and many other areas have yielded new thinking that has challenged or overturned the inherited wisdom. In "Mozart: The Early Years" renowned music historian Stanley Sadie discusses all aspects of the composer's life and music, relating them to the social, economic, cultural, and musical environments in which he worked. Drawing substantially on family correspondence, Sadie illuminates Mozart's world and his relationships with employers, colleagues, and family. Individual works are discussed in sequence and related to the events of the composer's life."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393061123
  • ISBN-10: 0393061124
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: December 2005
  • Page Count: 644


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The late Stanley Sadie, the most distinguished musicologist of his generation, completed the first of a projected two-volume biography of Mozart not long before he died. With his comprehensive—even startling—command of every detail from Mozart's life and every phrase from his music, Professor Sadie provides a blessed antidote to the accumulation of rank myth and imprudent speculation generally surrounding the early years of Mozart. Such irresponsible biography is not hard to account for, in light of the mystique of the boy prodigy. In Mozart: The Early Years, Sadie deftly shows how needless that sort of tale-spinning is, by uncovering instead the limitless interest of the facts themselves. It is a sad loss that he could not finish his second volume, on Mozart's final decade in Vienna.

Michael Alec Rose is a composer and professor at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches a course on Mozart.

 
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