Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life



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When it comes to any book on Mozart I can be uite skeptical although I can t say that I m an expert on ANYTHING I am this way when it comes to finding the perfect opera ecording as welland so on and so forthBut I can honestly say that i couldn t be happier with this translation It almost A Mother and Daughter Diary of Raw Food Recipes for Beginners reads like an autobiography The annotations commentaries and introductions are convienient as wellAn ABSOLUTE mustead for Mozart fans This is a wonderful book giving an incredible insight into Mozart s life He was witty cheeky and his genius shows no end Endlessly desperate to please his father many of the letters show their conversation I very very much enjoyed this I love the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart the man was simply a genius I have been interested in his life ever since watching the wondeful film Amadeus I bought this book on the ecommendation of my wife who said Mozart used to write some outrageous funny things in his letters and they were worth eadingAdmitedly some of Mozarts letters do contain some funny passages but by and large the letters are boring They contain the sort of content anyone would write in a letter to ones family what they ve been doing places they ve seen people they ve met Mozarts life was not what I would call exciting hence his letters are not Au bagne really that interesting Mozart was an eccentric man meaning his letters were full of eccentric content often confusing andeuired some explanation I found it too much of a chore to Indistractable read the entire letter thenead the text explaining what the letter saidOf course this is only my opinion and i m sure plenty of people would find them very interesting indeed just not meI also found the passages written in French or German an annoyance Its an English printed book and I don t speak these languages so why in. Mozart's honesty his awareness of his own genius and his contempt for authority all shine out from these letters Sunday Times  London In Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life Robert Spaethling presents Mozart in all the awness of hi.

Clude it in the book Obviously Mozart saved his greatness for his musicSome artists can only fully be appreciated by knowing about their lives and personality Judging by these letters Mozart is at the opposite end of the scale his letters are an obstacle to enjoyment of his music I don t find his personality engaging or his thought interesting at all not uite as bad as in the film Amadeus but he comes across as vain silly superficial place seeking childish or if you prefer child like He arely aises his thoughts from day to day matters When he does as in the Zoroastrian pamphlet the esult is merely cynical commonplace wisecracking I have to assume that when the editor who seems unduly impressed by any hint of Mozart s esoteric interests says of this pamphlet that Mozart has become a philosopher he is indulging in a little German joke Personally I don t believe that Mozart had any deep philosophical interest in Freemasonry or anything else abstract The easons for his involvement were probably the same as Burns to cock a snook at the class system and patrons to hang out with like minded cronies and from a general vague sense of ebelliousness or as Burns used to say vive la bagatelle There is certainly the occasional insight into his life though you have to dredge through a lot of trivia to get it very few into his work which is discussed only in the most matter of fact terms Clearly he saved all the greatness of his soul for his music Or maybe if he had been a better writer of broader interests verbal intellectual he would have been a lesser composerOne conclusion I definitely don t think we can draw although he did die young is that Mozart lived fast that he an through life uickly than ordinary mortals that the dissatisfaction he sometimes expresses towards the end. S driving energies Spectator preserved in the zany often angry effervescence of his writing Observer Where other translators have ignored Mozart's atrocious spelling and tempered his foul language Robert Spaethling's new transl.

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Was somehow final and therefore his last works should be interpreted as expressing a tragic fatalism or as being in any way a deliberate definitive statement Where only crumbs of Mozart s inner life supposing he had one are available any hint is seized on and exaggerated One letter in particular four years before his death has been the basis of a view that he was in the process of finishing with lifeThis is a misuse of hindsight I don t ead the letter in uestion as despairing or esigned only sober and ealistic in fact since it was written to his father who hadn t long to live it may have been meant as consolatory To ecognise death as the goal or destination of life is on one level stating the obvious on another it is wisdom then again it might simply mean a bout of low spirits What it doesn t necessarily mean is giving up on life surely all sensitive people feel at times that death would be a blessed elease but they keep living If these letters show anything it s that Mozart was not the type to be afflicted by existential angst and I don t believe it was anything than the start of a typical mid life crisis If he had lived longer he would no doubt have adjusted his perspective and learned to live differently like the est of us if we e wise whether he would have continued to produce great music we can t knowIt is sad to see how he declined into poverty jealousy illness and death at such an early age but it was all too possible in those days even for a genius Unless you are amazed by the mere fact that Mozart was a human being who had to pay the ent or not like the est of us this is not worth bothering about Any book about Mozart will cite the most important passages anyway The production of the book is poor too like bad photocopying apparently he was uite funny. Ations are lively and acy and do justice to Mozart's estlessly inventive mind Daily Mail Carefully selected and meticulously annotated this collection of letters should be on the shelves of every music lover BBC Music Magazin.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756 1791 was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era He composed over six hundred works many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic concertante chamber piano operatic and choral music He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composersMozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood in Salzburg Already competent on keyb