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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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Bridging the gap between scholarly and popular images of Mozart, this volume provides comprehensive coverage of all of his important works; the reception of his music since his death; the contexts which inform his work and his significance as a performer. It paints a rounded yet focused picture of one of the most revered artists of all time and enhances readers' appreciation of his extraordinary output.

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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