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I d like to know Mozart wrote besides music I think we would have been fabulous friends had I been alive back then Incredible have been fabulous friends had I been alive back then Incredible into the real day to day life of the great composer The translation is easy to read yet seems to preserve the original German as well as possible and includes annotations for German collouialisms that don t uite translate or reuire further explanation Chapters are organized in chronological order and periods of Mozart s life where he was workingtravelingetc The book also has a fantastic index where you can look for letters from specific years places he lived or works he was composing at any given time This is an incredible way to get to know the man himself as he really was an artist a okester a man of the Enlightenment brimming with oy and divine music If you re a music history enthusiast at all you will find this to be a highly enjoyable read The perfect way to get started By reading Mozart s letters in chronological order the reader not only learns about the big and small events in Mozart s life but also gets a uniue insight into the composers personality Verry informative and
An Aboslute Trhill To Read aboslute trhill to read is the kind of book which has a subject that attracts me but probably would never buy by myself Luckily I received it as a gift and what a wonderful read it wasAs an admirer of Mozart s music and so far of being an expert on the matter I read a couple of short biographies in the past On the other side I have never have experienced any long epistolary account I always felt that letters did present a deviated version of the facts almost with an advertising halo over themselves by definition However these letters were never intended to be published #and this gives to the collection an inherent candidness If there is some self promotion is #this gives to the collection an inherent candidness If there is some self promotion is to his family or friends specially his fatherIt s already legendary how foul mouthed was the musician What is not so widely known is how creative was Mozart with words These and a lot other personality tracks are patent in this letters Sometimes na ve sometimes harshly critical never good with the finances you name it but one thing not surprisingly he was always An absolute professional with music The way he expresses about his developing compositions is always transcendental In these letters he rarely refers to music in purely technical terms He is always taking about it as a living entity In an opera the poesie must always be the obedient daughter of Music he tells his father How interesting is to see how seriously he writes about music from the first letter at 14 years old to his last existing letter months before he died when he was 35 always in a serious way apart from any other mood change or situationOne thing that surprised me is how he adapted his opera compositions to specific singers and how he was engaged in the whole production process Used as we are now that the classic music is an interpretation of a timeless piece made by someone who is not among us any it is interesting to see the interaction of the artist with his work for the first timeKnowing Mozart s music and his current universal fame it s hard to think of him trying to get a decent ob or even get fair payment for his compositions but that was the reality of his entire life Although he received the recogn. Mozart's honesty his awareness of his own genius and his contempt for authority all shine out from these letters Sunday Times London In Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life Robert Spaethling presents Mozart in all the rawness of hi.
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of a view that he was the process of finishing with lifeThis is a misuse of hindsight I don t read the letter in uestion as despairing or resigned only sober and realistic in fact since it was written to his father who hadn t long to live it may have been meant as consolatory To recognise death as the goal or destination of life is on one level stating the obvious on another it is wisdom then again it might simply mean a bout of low spirits What it doesn t necessarily mean is giving up on life surely all sensitive people feel at times that death would be a blessed release but they keep living If these letters show anything it s that Mozart was not the type to be afflicted by existential angst and I don t believe it was anything than the start of a typical mid life crisis If he had lived longer he would no doubt have adjusted his perspective and learned to live differently like the rest of us if we re wise whether he would have continued to produce great music we can t knowIt is sad to see how he declined intoBasis Of A View That He Was
poverty ealousy illness and death at such an early age but it was all toojealousy illness and death at such an early age but it was all too in those days even for a genius Unless you are amazed by the mere fact that Mozart was a human being who had to pay the rent or not like the rest of us this is not worth bothering about Any book about Mozart will cite the most important passages anyway The production of the book is poor too like bad photocopying I love the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart the man was simply a genius I have been interested in his life ever since watching the wondeful film Amadeus I bought this book on the recommendation of my wife who said Mozart used to write some outrageous funny things in his letters and they were worth readingAdmitedly some of Mozarts letters do contain some funny passages but by and large the letters are boring They contain the sort of content anyone would write in a letter to ones family what they ve been doing places they ve seen people they ve met Mozarts life was not what I would call exciting hence his letters are not really that interesting Mozart was an eccentric man meaning his letters were full of eccentric content often confusing and reuired some explanation I found it too much of a chore to read the entire letter then read the text explaining what the letter saidOf course this is only my opinion and i m sure plenty of people would find them very interesting indeed ust not meI also found the passages written in French or German an annoyance Its an English printed book and I don t speak these languages so why include it in the book This is a wonderful book giving an incredible insight into Mozart s life He was witty cheeky and his genius shows no end Endlessly desperate to please his father many of the letters show their conversation I very very much enjoyed this When it comes to any book on Mozart I can be uite skeptical although I can t say that I m an expert on ANYTHING I am this way when it comes to finding the perfect opera recording as welland so on and so forthBut I can honestly say that i couldn t be happier with this translation It almost reads like an autobiography The annotations commentaries and introductions are convienient as wellAn ABSOLUTE must read for Mozart fans. Ations are lively and racy and do ustice to Mozart's restlessly inventive mind Daily Mail Carefully selected and meticulously annotated this collection of letters should be on the shelves of every music lover BBC Music Magazin. .
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And As A Consumed Pianoas a consumed piano in his day he had to fight till the day he died to have a good stable income something he never achieved Can you imagine a court having Mozart during weeks desperate to have a post as Kappelmeister ust to deny the opportunity and then hire someone nobody remembers today That happened a lot of times and reading these letters a posteriori you can feel the anguish of the situation and well think Come on This is Mozart don t you see This struggle makes you get emotional when Mozart describes a success as he expressed to his father when Die Entf hrung aus dem Serail opened throughout the first act the people were hissing but they couldn t silence the loud shouts of Bravo during the ariasTo finish this review A Pattern Language just let me say If you enjoy Mozart s music already buy this book It will enrich your experience on his already wonderful compositions It s a magical window into another world The very personal world of one of the greatest composers of western music Invaluable read Amazing Beautiful and accurate word for word translations Excellent notes It feels almost wrong reading someone else s mail but I feel like now I know Mozart as if I had known him in person apparently he was uite funny Obviously Mozart saved his greatness for his musicSome artists can only fully be appreciated by knowing about their lives and personality Judging by these letters Mozart is at the opposite end of the scale his letters are an obstacle to enjoyment of his music I don t find his personality engaging or his thought interesting at all not uite as bad as in the film Amadeus but he comes across as vain silly superficial place seeking childish or if you prefer child like He rarely raises his thoughts from day to day matters When he does as in the Zoroastrian pamphlet the result is merely cynical commonplace wisecracking I have to assume that when the editor who seems unduly impressed by any hint of Mozart s esoteric interests says of this pamphlet that Mozart has become a philosopher he is indulging in a little Germanoke Personally I don t believe that Mozart had any deep philosophical interest in Freemasonry or anything else abstract The reasons for his involvement were probably the same as Burns to cock a snook at the class system and patrons to hang out with like minded cronies and from a general vague sense of rebelliousness or as Burns used to say vive la bagatelle There is certainly the occasional insight into his life though you have to dredge through a lot of trivia to get it very few into his work which is discussed only in the most matter of fact terms Clearly he saved all the greatness of his soul for his music Or maybe if he had been a better writer of broader interests verbal intellectual he would have been a lesser composerOne conclusion I definitely don t think we can draw although he did die young is that Mozart lived fast that he ran through life uickly than ordinary mortals that the dissatisfaction he sometimes expresses towards the end was somehow final and therefore his last works should be interpreted as expressing a tragic fatalism or as being in any way a deliberate definitive statement Where only crumbs of Mozart s inner life supposing he had one are available any hint is seized on and exaggerated On. S driving energies Spectator preserved in the zany often angry effervescence of his writing Observer Where other translators have ignored Mozart's atrocious spelling and tempered his foul language Robert Spaethling's new transl.