Words About Mozart

Words About Mozart

Essays in Honour of Stanley Sadie

Edited by Dorothea Link, Judith Nagley

Hardback
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Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

Published as a tribute to the late Stanley Sadie, these eleven essays look at compositional and performance matters, consider new archival research and provide an overview of work since the bicentenary in 1991.
Words About Mozart is published as a tribute to the late Stanley Sadie, musicologist, critic and editor of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Of the eleven essays presented here, three focus on compositional matters: Julian Rushton examines the dramatic meaning of a recurring motif in Idomeneo; Elaine Sisman sifts through the facts surrounding the genesis of Mozart's 'Haydn' quartets; and Simon Keefe matches up pairs of piano sonatas and concertos on the basis of their common compositional features. Cliff Eisen considers some problems of performing practice posed by the solo keyboard parts in Mozart's concertos, and Robert Philip surveys tempo fluctuations in a selection of historical recordings. Felicity Baker's detailed analysis of aspects of the Don Giovanni libretto is a welcome contribution from the field of literary criticism. Three studies offer new archival research: Neal Zaslaw uncovers the background to one of Mozart's nonsense compositions; Dorothea Link examines the Viennese Hofkapelle and creates a new context for understanding Mozart's court appointment; and Theodore Albrecht proposes a candidate for Mozart's Zauberflötist. Christina Bashford considers an aspect of Mozart reception in 19th-century England connected with John Ella, and Peter Branscombe presents a comprehensive overview of research published since the bicentenary in 1991. The volume includes a full bibliography of Stanley Sadie's publications and broadcasts.

Contributors: THEODORE ALBRECHT, FELICITY BAKER, CHRISTINA BASHFORD, PETER BRANSCOMBE, CLIFF EISEN, SIMON P. KEEFE, LEANNE LANGLEY, DOROTHEA LINK, ANDREW PORTER, ROBERT PHILIP, JULIAN RUSHTON, ELAINE SISMAN, NEAL ZASLAW

Details

February 2005
12 black and white, 36 line illustrations
268 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851157948
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC AV
BISAC MUS001000
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Table of Contents

Trends in Mozart research since the bicentenary - Peter Branscombe ***
A reconciliation motif in Idomeneo - Julian Rushton
Observations on the first phase of Mozart's `Haydn' quartets - Elaine Sisman
Mozart's late piano sonatas (K457, 533, 545, 570, 576): aesthetic and stylistic parallels with his piano concertos - Simon P. Keefe
The figures of hell in the Don Giovanni libretto - Felicity Baker
The primacy of performance: text, act and continuo in Mozart's keyboard concertos - Cliff Eisen
Freedom and restraint in recordings of Mozart - Robert Philip
Bearding Ritter von Köchel in his lair - Neal Zaslaw
Mozart's appointment to the Viennese court - Dorothea Link
Anton Dreyssig (c1753/4-1820): Mozart's and Beethoven's Zauberflötist -
Varieties of childhood: John Ella and the construction of a Victorian Mozart -
Two tributes (with Andrew Porter) - Leanne Langley
Two tributes (with Leanne Langley) - Andrew Porter

Reviews

Excellent collection. - MUSIC & LETTERS
An appropriately compelling collectiion of essays...one that advances scholarship in several areas. - EARLY MUSIC
Intellectually stimulating, it serves as a fitting memorial to (Sadie's) unique services to the field of music scholarship...All the individuals who contributed to its success are deserving of the warmest congratulations for their efforts. - MUSIC SOCIETY FOR THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY