CHARACTERS õ Mozart's Women His Family His Friends His Music


Emale acuaintance restrained by the conventions and strictures of eighteenth century society Yet through his glorious writing he identified and released the emotions of his characters Constanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Ilia and Elettra in Idomeneo; Susanna and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro; Donnas Anna and Elvira in Don Giovanni; Fiordiligi Dorabella and Despina in Così fan tutte; Pamina and the ueen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte are all examined and celebrated They hold up the mirror to their audiences and offer inestimable insight together constituting yet further proof of Mozart's true genius and phenomenal understanding of human nature Rich evocative and compellingly readable Mozart's Women illuminates the music and the man but above all the women who inspired h. Really enjoyed this book and found it full of detail and history Find it increases my enjoyment of the music and operas Hope she writes A surprisingly good readtimes culture music and fathers and sons

CHARACTERS Mozart's Women His Family His Friends His Music

Mozart's Women His Family His Friends His MusicThroughout his life Mozart was inspired fascinated amused aroused hurt disappointed and betrayed by women and he was eually complex to them But first and last Mozart loved and respected women His mother his sister his wife her sisters and his female patrons friends lovers and fellow artists all figure prominently in his life And his experience observation and understanding of women reappear spectacularly in the characters he created As one of our finest interpreters of Mozart's work Jane Glover is perfectly placed to bring these remarkable women both real and dramatized vividly to life We meet Mozart's mother Maria Anna and his beloved and devoted sister Nannerl perhaps as talented as her brilliant brother but owing to her sex destined to languish at home while Wolfgang and their fath. In this focused bio Glover lovingly relates Mozart's short life and musical immortality with a focus on Mozart's relationships with women Inextricably woven in this is his relationship with his emotionally abusive father LeopoldLeopold makes his 15 year old son feel a failure for not securing what grown ups with vast accomplishments could not This same all knowing patriarch relegates his talented daughter Nannerl to a life of shadows while he piddles away his own presumed talent to better his life through his son whom he emotionally underminesMozart's first true love is similarly undermined by his father Later Leopold invokes misogynistic ideals to retain his authority when Mozart finally marries Sadly Mozart's sister Nannerl is sidelined by the marriage since she is no longer first in her brother's attention and affections She becomes totally dependent on LeopoldWhy Leopold takes custody of his grandchild by Nannerl is not clear My speculation is that he had married Nannerl off to a person of wealth who unspoken to both of them was accepted as abusive than heA chapter called Mozart's Women covers the women critical to his performance career The chapter title is ironic These are the women for whom he writes parts The real Mozart Women appropriately consume the larger part of the text These are his mother sister wife and other members of the Weber familyMozart's father's support of his son is conditional on Mozart's success in supporting the familyhim Any generosity from Leopold is dubious His emotional support of Wolfgang is generally negative The women never let him down in life and thereafterI recommend this book for all those who love Mozart's music If like me you are unschooled in the particulars of Mozart's work skim the chapter called Mozart's Women You will find the material surrounding it interesting informative and inspirational

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CHARACTERS õ Mozart's Women His Family His Friends His Music ✓ Throughout his life Mozart was inspired fascinated amused aroused hurt disappointed and betrayed by women and he was eually complex to them But first and last Mozart loved and respected women His mother his sister his wife her sisters and his female patronsEr entertained the drawing rooms of Europe We meet too Mozart's other family his in laws the Webers Constanze his wife much maligned by history and her sisters Aloysia Sophie and Josefa Aloysia and Josefa were highly talented singers for whom Mozart wrote some of his most remarkable music Aloysia was the first woman whom Mozart truly and passionately loved and her eventual rejection of him nearly broke his heart Constanze though a less gifted singer proved a steadfast and loving wife and after Mozart's death his extremely efficient widow consolidating his reputation and ensuring that his most enduring legacy his music never be forgottenMozart's Women is their story But it is also the story of the women in his operas all of whom were like his sister his mother his wife and his entire f. Mozart’s Women His Family His Friends His Music was written by accomplished Mozart conductor Jane Glover It was published in 2007 and is 372 pages In it Glover tells the story of the oft written about musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in relation to the women in his family the women who inspired him and the women who loved him The biography is divided into four sections “Mozart’s Family” “Mozart’s Other Family” “Mozart’s Women” and “After Mozart” The first two sections present a complete biography of his life beginning with an account of the travels of the child prodigy Mozart his sister almost his eual in talent and his parents His father Leopold is painted as a domineering motivated and dour man; but what is most interesting in the early section of the biography is Glover’s assertion that Mozart’s sister Nannerl might have rivaled her brother in talent if she had been given the opportunities that he had been given It appears that the siblings did have a very close and supportive relationship with one another until Mozart in his need to break from his father went out on his own The next section “Mozart’s Other Family” deals with his relationship with the Weber family The Weber’s had four immensely talented daughters and reminded him of his own family Mozart’s first Weber love was the great opera singer Aloysia but some years after she rejected him he fell in love with and married her younger sister Constanze Constanze and Wolfgang’s marriage would grow to one of great devotion and her love for Mozart would inspire some of his best works This section concludes with the early and untimely death of Mozart while he worked tirelessly ironically on his Reuiem Mass The third section of the biography diverges from the linear movement of the book and digresses into a fascinating detailed explanation of each of Mozart’s operas and the women who inspired and performed them The final section of the book tells about the rest of Constanze’s life and the lives of her sisters and Mozart’s own sister I loved this book It was an independent bookstore treasure that I stumbled upon at the Hard Bean in Annapolis I was drawn to it by the title and by my own interest in the composer My father’s love of classical music and specifically Mozart seeped into my subconscious as I grew and asserted itself several years ago I remember falling in love with Mozart’s music when I saw the movie Amadeus over a decade ago The balance of music and story in the movie was captivating and inspiring and might be what started my true love of historical fictionThough Glover is profoundly learned the text of the book is readable and straightforward Her love for the composer is transmitted in a clean warmness of style Though her affinity for Mozart is clear she does not put him on a pedestal but creates a very human portrayal of a great master I had some difficulty with the third section that broke down his operas in such detail I would have preferred it to be woven through the linear biography for balance but that certainly did not take away from my enjoyment of the text I highly recommend this book