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Mozart's Lettes, Mozart's Life: Selected Letters, Edited and Newly Translated

Spaethling, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0393047199 / ISBN 13: 9780393047196
Published by W. W. Norton, New York, 2000
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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479 pages. Off-white covers, maroon spine, dust jacket with color illustration, endpapers decorated with map and chronology of Mozart's travels, 16 pages of b&w plates to glossy paper. Very slight edgewear to covers, slight rubbing to dust jacket, pages crisp and unmarked, clean boards; a very neat, tight copy. Record # 807350. Bookseller Inventory # 807350

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Title: Mozart's Lettes, Mozart's Life: Selected ...

Publisher: W. W. Norton, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Letters by Mozart in sparkling new translations that capture the flavor of the writing, transmit every nuance, and render every thought faithfully and accurately.

What was Mozart really like―wild? sublime? responsible? fun-loving? bright? foul-mouthed? Reading these letters, we learn in his own words that he was all of these and much more. Here is the composer at his most intimate and unguarded, expressing his feelings about life, love, music, and the world around him. For this collection, Robert Spaethling has carefully chosen letters written by Mozart over a span of almost twenty-two years―from his first journey to Italy as a shy teenager to the final months of his life in Vienna. The letters, together with the accompanying introductions, chronicle the composer's life, personal development, and artistic growth. These new translations into English, the first in more than sixty years, are faithful to the original German even to the point of misspellings, which abound in the early correspondence. No effort has been spared to find language as closely equivalent to Mozart's as any translation can be and to clear up references in the letters to people, places, and events. Mozart's Letters, Mozart's Life makes wonderful reading for anyone who has ever loved a work by the composer, from the deceptively simple Eine kleine Nachtmusik to the towering, magnificent Requiem.

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Robert Spaethling was raised in the Bavarian town of Weissenstadt. He attended the Universities of Regensburg and Würzburg and has a Ph.D. in German from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Larkspur, California.

Robert Spaethling was raised in the Bavarian town of Weissenstadt. He attended the Universities of Regensburg and Würzburg and has a Ph.D. in German from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Larkspur, California.

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