Mozart in Italy: Coming of Age in the Land of Opera (Hardback)
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Mozart in Italy: Coming of Age in the Land of Opera (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 05/10/2023
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The celebrated conductor and author of Handel in London and Mozart's Women recounts the three visits the young Mozart made to Italy and demonstrates how crucial these periods were in the honing of his formidable genius.

At thirteen years old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a child prodigy who had captured the hearts of northern Europe, but his father Leopold was now determined to conquer Italy. Together, they made three visits there the last when Mozart was seventeen, all vividly recounted here by acclaimed conductor Jane Glover.

Father and son travelled from the theatres and concert salons of Milan to the church-filled streets of Rome to Naples, poorer and more dangerous than the prosperous north, and to Venice, the carnavelesque birthplace of public opera. All the while Mozart was absorbing Italian culture, language, style and art, and honed his craft. He met the challenge of writing Italian opera for Italian singers and audiences and provoked a variety of responses, from triumph and admiration to intrigue and hostility: in a way, these Italian years can be seen as a microcosm of his whole life.

Evocative, beautifully written and with a profound understanding of eighteenth-century classical music, Mozart in Italy reveals how what he experienced during these Italian journeys changed Mozart – and his music – for ever.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529059861
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

You don’t have to be able to hum Mozart to find this book utterly engrossing. As a fan of both the fabled composer and Dame Jane Glover, Mozart in Italy is a match made in heaven. I couldn’t put it down. - Joanna Lumley

An account of the teenage Mozart’s operatic awakening is packed with humanising detail . . . [Glover] makes clear that Mozart lived very much in the real 18th-century world of dirt, illness, bedbugs and discomfort, not permanently wrapped in some fuzzy golden halo of brilliance. - The Guardian

Mozart in Italy is a fascinating account of classical music’s greatest failure – a story of promise unfulfilled, opportunities missed and roads not taken. - The Spectator

A fine conductor, Glover is also an accomplished writer, displaying, as in her earlier books, a nonchalant grace in marshalling her sources, reading cannily between their lines and taking care to provide proper historical context as the Mozarts zigzag over the chessboard of Italian princely states. - Literary Review

Glover’s historical awareness of Italy’s operatic legacy is profound, like her expertise on things Mozartian . . . Glover is, rarer than a good conductor, an enchanting explainer. Her literary approach resembles her sometimes exceedingly subtle and decorous conducting. - Opera Now

Brimming with life, Glover’s vibrant account of Mozart’s unique and absorbing adolescence is joyously rewarding. - The Toronto Star

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