"Mozart in Revolt" by David E. Schroeder

Mozart in Revolt Strategies of Resistance, Mischief and Deception David E. Schroeder

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
02 Mar 1999
ISBN:
9780300075427
Dimensions:
211 pages: 234 x 156 x 24mm
Illustrations:
13 illustrations

A reading of the letters between Mozart and his father, placing them in the context of the stylized strategies of the 18th-century epistolary tradition. The book argues that the letters reveal a rebelliousness deep within Mozart's life and work.

"Rather than being a straightforward biography, this [book] gives the reader additional insight into MozartÕs psyche through his rebellious correspondence."ÑChamber Music

ÒMozart in Revolt presents a fascinating new portrait of Mozart: part Ôchild-angel,Õbeloved of God, who dictated directly from the divine onto paper those miraculous notes; part dirty-minded Harlequin, as exhibited in MozartÕs love of Carnival; and part Hans Wurst, perpetual favorite Viennese son and stock character in nearly every pre-1850 Viennese comedy. . . . Schroeder has done an admirable job of showing the letters in new light and suggesting substantially more refined conclusions on this interesting body of work.ÓÑDaniel Rieppel, Austrian Studies Newsletter

ÒProvocative. . . . SchroederÕs writing is not only interesting but also brings new insight to our understanding of MozartÕs life. . . . SchroederÕs study makes an important contribution to Mozart Scholarship, examining LeopoldÕs and MozartÕs letters in the light of eighteenth-century epistolary practices. Mozart lovers will find it fascinating.ÓÑRichard Benedum, Opera Quarterly

ÒSchroederÕs writing is not only interesting but also brings new insight to our understanding of MozartÕs life. . . . SchroederÕs study makes an important contribution to Mozart scholarship, examining LeopoldÕs and MozartÕs letters in the light of eighteenth-century epistolary practices. Mozart lovers will find it fascinating.ÓÑRichard Benedum, Opera Quarterly