By Christoph Wolff
ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award winner
A clean examine the lifetime of Mozart in the course of his imperial years via one of many world's prime Mozart scholars.
"I now stand on the gateway to my fortune," Mozart wrote in a letter of 1790. He had entered into the provider of Emperor Joseph II of Austria years previous as Imperial-Royal Chamber Composer—a salaried appointment with a exclusive identify and few duties. His amazing next output, starting with the 3 ultimate nice symphonies from the summer time of 1788, invitations a reassessment of this complete interval of his existence. Readers will achieve a brand new appreciation and realizing of the composer's works from that point with no the standard emphasis on his approaching loss of life. the writer discusses the foremost biographical and musical implications of the royal appointment and explores Mozart's "imperial type" at the foundation of his significant compositions—keyboard,chamber, orchestral, operatic, and sacred—and makes a speciality of the big, unexpected works he left incomplete. This new viewpoint issues to an brisk, clean starting for the composer and a promising inventive and fiscal future.
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