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Mozart: The Golden Years 1781-1791 Hardcover – 1989


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  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer Books/ MacMillan Publishing; First Edition edition (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028720253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028720258
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,531,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G.C. on June 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
H.C. Robbins Landon was one of the leading scholars of his day on the music of Mozart and Haydn, and this book is a very fine example of his scholarship with the former, focusing on the last 10 years of Mozart's admittedly too-short life. For the most part, this book is definitely aimed at the "intelligent layperson" who may not necessarily have a strong technical background in music. It reads clearly on historical grounds, and readers can enjoy it for the coverage of the historical aspects alone. It does contain some relatively brief discussion of a more technical bent on Mozart's skill in composition, particularly in Chapter 8, covering the six quartets that Mozart dedicated to Haydn as well as a brief survey of Mozart's piano concertos. The book is copiously illustrated as well.

It must be admitted, however, that this book did appear originally in 1989, so that obviously any later scholarship by Robbins Landon and others must, by definition, be missing. Still, with that in mind, this makes a very substantial introduction for those who want to start to understand Mozart from that decade of 1781 to 1791.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Bergman on February 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
This deluxe paperback edition of "Mozart, The Golden Years" is a 250th Anniversary Issue (of Mozart's birth) of H.C. Robbins Landon's splendid book, originally issued in 1989. Landon is best known as an expert on the life and music of Haydn, but was also very knowledgeable about Mozart, Haydn's contemporary.

Landon focuses on the years Mozart spent in Vienna from 1781 until his death in 1791, the years that Mozart composed most of his many musical masterpieces. The opening chapter, however, provides a summary of his early years in Salzburg. The final year, 1791, of Mozart's life is only briefly covered in this volume. Landon has written a separate book, "1791, Mozart's Last Year," that covers in detail Mozart's most prolific year, his "annus mirabilus." In both books, Landon states that he has aimed for both readability and scholarly content. By and large, he has been successful in achieving that goal.

Besides discussing Mozart's life and music, Landon describes life in Vienna, already the musical capital of Europe, in the late Eighteenth Century. The last chapter deals with a possible Freemason conspiracy against the Austrian government in 1791. Mozart was a Freemason, but his role, if any, in such a conspiracy is unknown. In any event, Freemason activity was sharply curtailed in the years following 1791, and some lodges were closed.

Elsewhere, Landon has divided his attention about equally between Mozart's life and his compositions. There are excellent discussions of his chamber music and his piano concertos, in particular. The book is footnoted extensively and also contains seven appendices on various topics related to Mozart's Vienna years.
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By Lili on February 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
This Book is a very good book! I checked out lots of books of the library and this book is a VERY GOOD MOZART BOOK! I personally will buy this when I can.. I have it in my Wishlist. (I don't have enough money to buy it now).. So I rate this book ***** (5) Stars! IF YOU WANT YOU CAN BUY IT FOR ME, IT IS NO PROBLEM.
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A great book! Landon exhaustively studies Mozart's last decade (he did another study of Mozart's last year, which is brilliant), the best years of arguably history's finest composer. Mozart remains an enigma, but Landon does all one could ask, to pierce the many veils that surround him.
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