Mozart a cultural biography by robert w gutman 406 rating details 105 ratings 12 reviews this major work the result of years of careful study and analysis places wolfgang amadeus mozarts life and music in the context of the intellectual political and artistic currents of eighteenth century europe. He taught art history and interior design history at the fashion institute of technology in manhattan in the 1950s he was the founding dean of the institutes graduate division before retiring in the late 1980s he was the author of richard wagner the man his mind and his music and mozart a cultural biography. Mozarts life was lived in the years that were central in forming the curltural composition of the modern era the author sees the 18th century as beginning with two great but fundamentally different musical dynasties in place bridged by mozarts genius this biography has at its core the premise that to illuminate the life and its works one must understand first and foremost its cultural . The major genres in which mozart worked chamber music liturgical theater and keyboard compositions concertos operas symphonies and oratorios are unfolded to reveal a man of luminous intellect mozart is an extraordinary portrait of a man and his times and a brilliant distillation of musical thought
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