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The Cambridge companion to Mozart
Keefe, Simon P., 1968-
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

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xvii, 292 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Chronology of Mozart's life and works / Simon P. Keefe -- pt. 1, Mozart in context. Mozart and Salzburg / Cliff Eisen ; Mozart in Vienna / Dorothea Link ; Mozart's compositional methods : writing for his singers / Ian Woodfield ; Mozart and late eighteenth-century aesthetics / David Schroeder -- pt. 2, The works. The keyboard music / W. Dean Sutcliffe ; The concertos in aesthetic and stylistic context / Simon P. Keefe ; The orchestral music / Simon P. Keefe ; Mozart's chamber music / Cliff Eisen ; Mozart as a vocal composer / Paul Corneilson ; The opere buffe / Edmund J. Goehring ; Mozart and opera seria / Julian Rushton ; Mozart's German operas / David J. Buch -- pt. 3, Reception. Mozart in the nineteenth century / John Daverio ; Mozart and the twentieth century / Jan Smaczny ; The evolution of Mozartian biography / William Stafford -- pt. 4, Performance. Mozart the performer / Katalin Komlós ; Performance practice in the music of Mozart / Robert D. Levin.
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The Cambridge Companion to Mozart paints a rounded yet focussed picture of one of the most revered artists of all time. Bringing the most recent scholarship into the public arena, this volume bridges the gap between scholarly and popular images of the composer, enhancing the readers' appreciation of Mozart and his extraordinary output, regardless of their prior knowledge of the music. Part I situates Mozart in the context of late eighteenth-century musical environments and aesthetic trends that played a pivotal role in his artistic development and examines his methods of composition. Part II surveys Mozart's works in all of the genres in which he excelled and Part III looks at the reception of the composer and his music since his death. Part IV offers insight into Mozart's career as a performer as well as theoretical and practical perspectives on historically informed performances of his music.

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Keefe's introduction reveals that this book has two purposes: to provide a broad snapshot of contemporary Mozart scholarship and to correct, or "negate," stereotypical perceptions of the composer and his music. Fortunately, the second purpose does not encroach on the first. The 15 contributors include several luminaries in the field of Mozart studies. Keefe has arrayed 17 essays, including 2 of his own, into 4 sections (on the works, on their performance and reception, and on "Mozart in context"). He also provides some useful extras, including a list of works by genre, a chronology, and a strong bibliography. For its sanity and organization and for the impressive quality of its scholarship, the book succeeds notably. It can claim to supersede The Mozart Companion, the estimable collection edited by H.C. Robbins Landon and Donald Mitchell, which first appeared in 1956. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All collections; all levels. B. J. Murray formerly, University of Alabama

Table of Contents

IntroductionSimon P. Keefe
Chronology of Mozart's Life and WorksSimon P. Keefe
Part I Mozart in Context
1 Mozart and SalzburgCliff Eisen
2 Mozart in ViennaDorothea Link
3 Mozart's compositional methods: writing for his singersIan Woodfield
4 Mozart and late eighteenth-century aestheticsDavid Schroeder
Part II The Works
5 The keyboard musicW. Dean Sutcliffe
6 The concertos in aesthetic and stylistic contextSimon P. Keefe
7 The orchestral musicSimon P. Keefe
8 Mozart's chamber musicCliff Eisen
9 Mozart as a vocal composerPaul Corneilson
10 The opere buffe EdmundJ. Goehring
11 Mozart and opera seriaJulian Rushton
12 Mozart's German operasDavid J. Buch
Part III Reception
13 Mozart in the nineteenth centuryJohn Daverio
14 Mozart and the twentieth centuryJan Smaczny
15 The Evolution of Mozartian biographyWilliam Stafford
Part IV Performance
16 Mozart the performerKatalin Komlós
17 Performance practice in the music of MozartRobert D. Levin