The Resource Mozart : portrait of a genius, Norbert Elias ; edited by Michael Schröter ; translated by Edmund Jephcott

Mozart : portrait of a genius, Norbert Elias ; edited by Michael Schröter ; translated by Edmund Jephcott

Label
Mozart : portrait of a genius
Title
Mozart
Title remainder
portrait of a genius
Statement of responsibility
Norbert Elias ; edited by Michael Schröter ; translated by Edmund Jephcott
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Contributor
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Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
Mozart is a brilliant study of the great composer's life and creative genius, written by one of the most important social thinkers of our time. In this haunting portrait, Elias examines the paradoxes of Mozart's short existence - his creativity and social marginality, his musical sophistication and personal crudeness, his breathtaking accomplishments and psychological despair. Using psychoanalytic insights, Elias examines Leopold Mozart's carefully honed ambitions for his son and protege. From the age of six Mozart traveled with his father, performing in the major courts throughout Europe, as the elder Mozart worked on his son "like a sculptor on his sculpture." This deep bond between father and son, which shackled as well as nurtured, provides the lietmotif of Mozart's early genius and the basis of his complicated psyche. As Elias shows, Mozart chafed at the constraints of Viennese courtly culture. Growing up in a society which viewed musicians as manual laborers producing entertainment for the court, Mozart fought for an independent livelihood. But it was not until the next generation - that of Beethoven - that the necessary conditions were created for such an existence. Vienna's aristocracy ultimately turned its back on the composer who, with mounting debts, no work and no prospect of fulfilling his innermost desires, died feeling that his life had become empty of meaning. Elias intriguingly ponders the notion of genius, seen as a complex marriage of fantasy, inspiration, and convention. Mozart was able to fuse brilliant musical innovation to an accessible artistic canon, producing wholly original, yet understandable creations. In exploring the tension between personal creativity and the tastes of an era, Mozart is a book of startling insight and discovery
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
IC
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1897-1990
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Elias, Norbert
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.M9
LC item number
E4313 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Schröter, Michael
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  • Composers
  • Composers
  • Cultuursociologie
  • Psychoanalyse
  • Componisten
  • Austria
Label
Mozart : portrait of a genius, Norbert Elias ; edited by Michael Schröter ; translated by Edmund Jephcott
Instantiates
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Note
Originally published: Frankfurt am Main : Suhrkamp, 1991
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
152 p.
Isbn
9780520084759
Lccn
93060280
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28593600
  • (OCoLC)ocm28593600
Label
Mozart : portrait of a genius, Norbert Elias ; edited by Michael Schröter ; translated by Edmund Jephcott
Publication
Note
Originally published: Frankfurt am Main : Suhrkamp, 1991
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
152 p.
Isbn
9780520084759
Lccn
93060280
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28593600
  • (OCoLC)ocm28593600

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