The Mozart Myths: A Critical Reassessment

The Mozart Myths: A Critical Reassessment

by William Stafford
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804722226

ISBN-13: 9780804722223

Pub. Date: 12/01/1993

Publisher: Stanford University Press

This book is an ambitious attempt to separate what is actually known (and can be known) about Mozart from the many myths and legends that have grown up about his life, character, and death. It subjects individual myths to critical and scholarly scrutiny—weighing the evidence on which it is based, and critically assessing the reliability of that evidence.

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This book is an ambitious attempt to separate what is actually known (and can be known) about Mozart from the many myths and legends that have grown up about his life, character, and death. It subjects individual myths to critical and scholarly scrutiny—weighing the evidence on which it is based, and critically assessing the reliability of that evidence.

The author first considers the question of Mozart's death in 1791 at the age of 35, a subject that intrigued his contemporaries and has continued to fascinate posterity. No other aspect of Mozart's life has engendered so many dramatic and colorful myths. The stage play and movie Amadeus incorporated virtually all these myths and, indeed, most of the other myths associated with Mozart.

In the remainder of this book, the author treats in similar fashion other legends relating to Mozart's alleged maturity, drinking, extravagance, unreliability, womanizing, and professional failure. There is also much material on the nature of Mozart's genius, the influence of Freemasonry on his work, and the value of his last compositions. The book is illustrated with 8 pages of halftones and line drawings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804722223
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,190,897
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.70(d)

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