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Title:
K for Köchel : the life and work of Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, cataloguer of Mozart
Author:
Konrad, Thomas Edmund, 1928-
Uniform Title:
Weltberühmt, doch unbekannt. English
Publication Information:
Lanham, MD : Scarecrow Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
viii, 291 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
Kochel set out in 1851 to locate, collate, authenticate and place in chronological order all of Mozart's existing compositions. This work traces his life and professional career.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780810839397
Format :
Book

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Summary

A former tutor to the aristocracy and knight of the Austrian Empire, Kochel set out in 1851 to locate, collate, authenticate and place in chronological order all of Mozart's existing compositions. The Kochel Register, the result of eleven years of research and compilation, became the backbone of Mozart scholarship. He similarly assembled works by other noted Austrian composers and lectured extensively on music and other subjects. Tracing Kochel's life and professional career, this work aims to introduce the general music lover to Kochel and to demonstrate that his achievements in musicology and other fields are worthy of recognition, with or without his extensive Mozart collection.


Author Notes

Thomas Edmund Konrad is a former staff journalist of the German language Budapest weekly Freies Leben and the Romanian daily Neuer Weg. An avid writer, Konrad continues to serve as a London correspondent for the Neuer Pester Lloyd.


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Choice Review

This unique and interesting book treats one of the most important minor characters in music history. Kochel is best known for compiling the first comprehensive catalog of Mozart's compositions. Konrad has done admirable work in bringing the obscure details of Kochel's life to light, and he thoroughly documents the creation of the Mozart catalog and Kochel's other work as educator, botanist, and mineralogist. The book also includes an interesting chapter on Kochel's catalog of the music of early-18th-century composer Johann Joseph Fux, best known for his treatise on species counterpoint entitled Gradus ad Parnassum. All in all, the book is a good read. Konrad includes a list of Kochel's books and articles and a list of Mozart's compositions included in the first edition of the Kochel catalog. Graduate and research collections. W. E. Grim Waldorfschule