What to Listen for in Mozart by Robert Harris

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An introduction to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart explores the essentials of his work, examining his place in the aristocratic society of the late eighteenth century, and discusses his life and death.
 

About Robert Harris

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Robert Harris is the author of Enigma, Fatherland, and Archangel. He has been a television correspondent with the BBC and a newspaper columnist for the London Sunday Times. His novels have sold more than six million copies and been translated into thirty languages. He lives in Berkshire, England, with his wife and three children. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published March 28, 1991 by Macfarlane Walter & Ross, Toronto. 277 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Consistently, in fact, Harris mixes overdemanding musicology with a patronizing tone as he offers close-ups of a half-dozen major instrumental works: ``Don't be frightened by a large work like a concerto....Think of this opening to the piece as if it were the opening to a TV mini- series.'' The d...

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Harris introduces readers to Mozart, writing colorfully about the composer's life and explicating some of his best known works.

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The heart of the book, though, is a series of detailed studies of a handful of works-- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik , the Haffner serenade, the K.467 piano concerto, the Jupiter symphony and the operas Don Giovanni , The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute .

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