The first comprehensive life and works of the composer in over sixty years, by a leading Mozart specialist.


Mozart : the early years, 1756-1781 New York : Norton, c 2006  Stanley Sadie ; foreword by Neal Zaslaw Composers Austria Biography, Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791 Hardcover. 1st. ed., later printing. xxv, 644 p. : ill., music ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 589-601) and indexes. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG   

Our understanding of Mozart’s life and music has broadened immensely in recent years. Much new material has come to light, including discoveries of musical sources and fresh ways of interpreting known ones. Studies in the chronology of Mozart’s works, his compositional process, his relationship to the world around him – these and many other areas have yielded new thinking that has challenged or overturned the inherited wisdom.

In Mozart: The Early Years renowned music historian Stanley Sadie discusses all aspects of the composer’s life and music, relating them to the social, economic, cultural, and musical environments in which he worked. Drawing substantially on family correspondence, Sadie illuminates Mozart’s world and his relationships with employers, colleagues, and family. Individual works are discussed in sequence and related to the events of the composer’s life.

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