Mozart's Letters, Mozart's Life

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"A wonderful collection that gives Mozart a voice as a son, husband, brother and friend." —New York Times Book Review
"Mozart's honesty, his awareness of his own genius and his contempt for authority all shine out from these letters."—Sunday Times (London). " In Mozart's Letters, Mozart's Life, Robert Spaethling presents "Mozart in all the rawness of his driving energies" (Spectator), preserved in the "zany, often angry effervescence" of his writing (Observer). Where other translators have ignored Mozart's ...
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Overview

"A wonderful collection that gives Mozart a voice as a son, husband, brother and friend." —New York Times Book Review
"Mozart's honesty, his awareness of his own genius and his contempt for authority all shine out from these letters."—Sunday Times (London). " In Mozart's Letters, Mozart's Life, Robert Spaethling presents "Mozart in all the rawness of his driving energies" (Spectator), preserved in the "zany, often angry effervescence" of his writing (Observer). Where other translators have ignored Mozart's atrocious spelling and tempered his foul language, "Robert Spaethling's new translations are lively and racy, and do justice to Mozart's restlessly inventive mind" (Daily Mail). Carefully selected and meticulously annotated, this collection of letters "should be on the shelves of every music lover" (BBC Music Magazine).
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Booknews
In these new translations<-->the first in some 60 years<-->of 275- plus letters written over two decades, Spaethling (emeritus, German, U. of Massachusetts) retains his idiosyncratic spelling and offers Mozart lovers insights into the composer's artistic and personal journeys (1756-91). Includes an introduction, annotations, a map of Mozart's Europe, a chronology, travel itinerary, and illustrations of Salzburg, Mozart, his family, and letters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Peggy Constantine
[A] wonderful collection that gives Mozart a voice as a son, husband, brother and friend...Spaethling writes in the introduction that his goal was to ''provide a complete portrait and continuous account of Mozart the musician, Mozart the individual and Mozart the writer,'' and he has succeeded most admirably.
The New York Times Book Review
Anthony Pryer
...for the first time in English we are able to encounter his many "authentic" personalities, and abandon the monochrome genius of previous translations.
Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393328301
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/19/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 494
  • Sales rank: 444,565
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Spaethling was raised in the Bavarian town of Weissenstadt. He attended the Universities of Regensburg and Würzburg and has a Ph.D. in German from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Larkspur, California.

Robert Spaethling was raised in the Bavarian town of Weissenstadt. He attended the Universities of Regensburg and Würzburg and has a Ph.D. in German from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Larkspur, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
A Note about the Translation xii
Eighteenth-Century Currencies xiii
Part 1 The Early Years 1769-1776
First Italian Journey 3
Second Italian Journey 27
Third Italian Journey 35
Interludes in Vienna and Munich 43
Part 2 In Search of Independence 1777-1781
The Journey to Mannheim 55
Paris et Retour 142
Idomeneo or the Making of an Opera 206
Part 3 Mozart in Vienna 1781-1791
Breaking with the Archbishop 231
Mozart and Constanze 265
Success, at Last! 322
Final Journeys 381
Epilogue 445
A Chronology of Mozart's Life 447
Selected Bibliography 453
Index of Names and Places 457
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    Mozart's full and final dedication to his work was exemplary; no doubt, his music spoke for the conscience of the world and his audience felt an almost religious faith in it. But the young man had frivolous and fun-loving personality, and his closeness to infantile notions was apparent with friends, relatives and pupils. <BR/><BR/>Mozart was possessor of the least inhibited tongue even in his contacts with serious foundations like Archbishopric or Freemasonry that mismatched the depth of notes he wrote. <BR/><BR/>This composer genius was filled with spontaneous strong-willed passion for music if weak-witted for romance and throughout the wide spectrum of his works involving every conceivable style of symphonies, operas, and orchestral pieces - some of the finest ever written - Mozart produced something truer than love.

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