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Author Till, Nicholas, 1955-

Title Mozart and the Enlightenment : truth, virtue, and beauty in Mozart's operas / Nicholas Till.

Published New York : W.W. Norton, 1993, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  782.1092 Moz /0001 acn:84800    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st American ed.
Physical description xi, 371 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-361) and index.
Contents Introduction: Enlightenment and the eighteenth century 1 -- Part 1 Salzburg and the Years of Travel 1756-1781 -- I Education of a bourgeois artist 9 -- II La finta giardiniera 17 -- III Opera and the Enlightenment 38 -- IV German artist 48 -- V Zaide 56 -- VI Idomeneo 60 -- Part 2 Vienna the Years of Optimism 1781-1786 -- VII Vienna and the Enlightenment 85 -- VIII Mozart's arrival in Vienna 97 -- IX Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail 102 -- X Freemasonry and the Catholic Enlightenment 117 -- XI Return to Italian opera 130 -- XII Le nozze di Figaro 140 -- XIII Meaning of classicism 172 -- Part 3 Years of Retreat 1786-1791 -- XIV Collapse of Josephinism 189 -- XV Don Giovanni 197 -- XVI Cosi fan tutte 229 -- XVII La clemenza di Tito 258 -- XVIII Die Zauberflote 270.
Summary In this illuminating new study of Mozart's operas, Nicholas Till shows that the composer was not a "divine idiot" but an artist whose work was informed by the ideas and discoveries of his time. Examining the dramatic emergence of a modern society in eighteenth-century Austria, Till reappraises the history and meaning of the Enlightenment and Mozart's role within it.
Subject Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Operas.
Opera -- Austria -- 18th century.
Enlightenment -- Austria.
ISBN 039303495X $29.95
0393313956 (paperback)