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Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Other authors: Hans Mersmann (Editor)

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Mozart was a faithful correspondent, and this full and expert collection of more than 100 letters covers his brief and tumultuous life, from the years when the child prodigy astonished the courts of Europe to his final days, when he wrote loving notes to his wife and long, money-seeking letters to friends and patrons. The letters abound in both trivial and important events: observations about the people he met; comments on the reactions to his music; satirical remarks about dilettantes and incompetent professionals; and thoughts on other composers, pianoforte and organ playing, singing, and his own methods of composition. Mozart’s letters are interspersed in this edition with a generous selection of letters from his father. This two-sided, voluminous correspondence shows the close and sometimes conflicting relationship between father and son. Mozart’s letters to his sister are especially playful, exhibiting an impish, lighthearted wit reminiscent of his music, and the letters to his wife are equally revealing. Taken all together, this collection presents an informal and intimately detailed portrait of a genius.… (more)

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This could be used to do a project on a historical composer. This would be an excellent primary source.
  jeffreydean | Feb 5, 2017 |
The trouble with letters is that they are usually full of boring domestic details. Mozart's are no different. They do give an interesting picture especially of his early life and his close relationship with his father and his sister. A biography would probably be much more valuable to read. ( )
  lunarcheck | Sep 22, 2009 |
This series of letters, whilst interesting, appear to have been heavily edited. There is little of the dispute betwixt Wolfgang and his father, Leopold, concerning his marriage. There are few examples of the playful letters to his sister and the course humour has been magicked away.
It may be, that this is not how Hans Mersmann feels the great composer should be remembered but, if letters are to have any value, they should represent the true person, not some idealized version.
Whilst I am chastising; who is this Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, attributed with the writin of these letters? Does the author mean Wolfgang Amade Mozart? (Sorry, I can't get an accented 'e' to appear). ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Oct 23, 2008 |
Really interesting. Actual correspondence to and from the famous composer. ( )
  herebedragons | Jan 27, 2007 |
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