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Mozart's women : his family, his friends, his music

By: Glover, Jane

0330418580 / 9780330418584
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20 cm 406 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.)
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Macmillan, 2005.
'Jane Glover's elegant and fascinating book illuminates an aspect of Mozart, and of his work, that has often been touched on but never with such detail and insight. Her vivid portraits enable us appreciate how deeply the remarkable women in his life served as both emotional and artistic muses, and how their spirit informs his masterworks . Glover has lived Mozart's music intimately, and her knowledge of it and love for it make her a privileged guide to its endless riches, and to how originally and brilliantly Mozart uses it to create some of the most memorable female characters in all of opera

Mozart was fascinated, amused, aroused, hurt, and betrayed by women.

He loved and respected them, composed for them, performed with them.

This unique biography looks at his interaction with each, starting with his family (his mother, Maria Anna and beloved and talented sister, Nannerl), and his marriage (which brought his 'other family', the Weber sisters).

His relationships with his artists are examined, in particular those of his operas, through whose characters Mozart gave voice to the emotions of women who were, like his entire female acquaintance, restrained by the conventions and structures of eighteenth-century society.

This is their story as well as his - and shows once again that a great part of the composer's genius was in his understanding and musical expression of human nature.

Evocative and beautifully written, "Mozart's Women" illuminates the music, the man, and above all the women who inspired him. "Jane Glover has pulled off a coup des livres with her fresh take on Mozart's life and work" - "Sunday Telegraph". "Readable, informative and moving...Her passion for the music shines through this touching, vividly told story" - "Sunday Times".


AVGC4 Classical music (c 1750 to c 1830), AVH Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups, BGF Biography: arts & entertainment

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