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Mozart in Vienna 1781-1791 Hardcover – February, 1990


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From Publishers Weekly

That there is still something lively and pertinent to say about Mozart after 200 years and hundreds of books is evident in this translation of a recent German study. Braunbehrens, a music historian and journalist, examines the Viennese social scene, the role that musicians, Jews and Freemasons played in the life of the city, the many apartments in which Mozart lived, how much he earned and how he spent it. His depiction of the character of Mozart's wife Constanze is fresh and sympathetic. He examines the manner of Mozart's death and the probable facts about his "pauper's funeral"; tracing their origins, he disproves or dispels some of the myths and legends surrounding the young genius. Braunbehrens focuses on Mozart the man, the son, husband and father; readers must turn elsewhere for a fuller discussion of his musical achievements. Photos not seen by PW.
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From Library Journal

This is a detailed factual study of Mozart's last 11 years, placing the composer's life and works into their social, political, and artistic settings. In his discussion of the major personalities, Braunbehrens brings forth a dazzling array of new evidence that allows him to clean away the errors and romantic myths that have become a part of the Mozart legend over the past two centuries. And the sociological approach to the music brings a totally new dimension of understanding to Mozart's finest works, especially the operas. The writing is a bit dense and often argumentative but is well worth the effort for its fresh view of the subject.
- Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Pr; 1 edition (February 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802110096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802110091
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dave Forgach on August 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Braunbehrens' book is a well written account of Mozart and the intellectual, political, economic and cultural milieu that existed during the ascendant part of his creativity. Braunbehrens' is not the first Mozart biography I have read that explores these aspects of Mozart, nor is this book as lavishly illustrated as others. However, for my amatuer self, it the best written and most accessible; scholarly, but not academically dry or pedantic.
Braunbehrens dispelled for me the myth which has come down to amateurs since his death that Mozart was an unrelentingly tragic, Romantic and impoverished figure. Certainly that myth is not descernible in his music. Braunbehrens erudite insights have enhanced my listening experience, and have given me greater appreciation of this man of the Enlightenment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Fylling on January 31, 2010
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I love this book about Mozart's last ten years! The extensive research and details about Mozart's life are a testimony to how much the author desires to have the REAL facts about Mozart revealed. I have read Maynard Solomon's book on Mozart too, and with V. B.'s outstanding source, Mozart lovers will find out everything you want to know about the incredible and tragic life of the superstar from Salzburg.
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By William Zeitler on January 28, 2015
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Arrived promptly, was as described.
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