Cassell, 1946, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket Condition: Poor, First
Translated by Arthur Mendel and Nathan Broder; illustrated by six half-tone plates with numerous musical notations within the text. This critical biography of Mozart is divided into two parts. The first deals with the life of Mozart in a fresh' and penetrating manner. Instead of recapitulating the well-known facts of the composer's life, Dr. Einstein has chosen to train his biographical lens on various phases of Mozart's life - Mozart as Catholic and Freemason, his relations with women; his relations to his contemporaries, etc. As a result, Mozart emerges for us in a completely new light. The second and longer part of the book is devoted to Mozart's instrumental and vocal works, the one reaching its greatest height in his piano concertos, the other in his operas. Piano music, chamber music, and symphonic music are discussed separately. Special chapters are devoted to the church music and operas. Throughout this second part of the book, the author's purpose is to provide the historical background for Mozart's work, at the same time evaluating the single works, and the work as a whole, in terms of the man himself. The book, which will be welcomed by music lovers everywhere, reflects on every page the author's intimate and detailed knowledge of Mozart, Size: Octavo (standard book size). xi + 492. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Endpapers browned, text block clean. Dust Jacket separated at spine edges but otherwise intact with flaps, although worn at edges; now repaired & in archive acetate film protection. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Top edge red. Gilt titles spine (faded). red cloth. Includes catalogue og works & index of names. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Music; Composers; Classical Music; Austria; 19th century; Biography & Autobiography. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 4238.