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A Life in Letters (Penguin Classics) Paperback – March 27, 2007
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Cons: I know the letters were voluminous, but I wish there were even more letters included here. Maybe they will come out with an unabridged edition. I know the footnotes were difficult to do, as the Mozarts drop tons of names, but I also wish there was more information included on some of the people referenced in the letters.
That said, I highly recommend this.
The editor has supplied this volume with excellent chronology, fascinating biographical essay about Mozart, most helpful "List of Important People" and "Further Reading". The numerous historical "gaps" between the letters are explained in italicized notes of exemplary lucidity and conciseness.
Each and every letter - and there are well over a hundred of them, mostly by Wolfgang but with quite a few additions by Leopold, all in chronological order - is adorned with copious footnotes that clarify all obscure points. Most importantly, these indicate the Koechel numbers (K. or KV) of Mozart's works that are mentioned constantly (often in a most cryptic way, but one can't expect the composer to refer to a catalogue that was compiled some seven decades after his death).
Stewart Spencer is a well-known and highly respected translator from German (witness his complete translation of Wagner's "Ring") and so far as I can judge he has managed to convey Mozart's mercurial personality with a spectacular degree of accuracy.
As it seems Mr Spencer is also responsible, as credited by the editor, for the excellent index apparatus. In addition to a General Index, you can browse the volume by "Principal Correspondents" and "Mozart's Works" (by both genre and Koechel numbers).Read more ›
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I know it's not utterly complete, but it is just what I wanted. There are a LOT of letters in here; it's not a superficial selection. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jared Ostermann
Listen to Mozart's music while reading his letters transports us back to a time when this music was written... letters are private, not for us to see... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alexandra Silvester