Mozart's Women

Jane Glover

3.88 based on 391 ratings & 60 reviews on Goodreads.com
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07 April 2006
9780330418584
416 pages
Synopsis

Mozart was fascinated, amused, aroused, hurt, and betrayed by women. He loved and respected them, composed for them, performed with them. This unique biography looks at his interaction with each, starting with his family (his mother, Maria Anna and beloved and talented sister, Nannerl), and his marriage (which brought his 'other family', the Weber sisters). His relationships with his artists are examined, in particular those of his operas, through whose characters Mozart gave voice to the emotions of women who were, like his entire female acquaintance, restrained by the conventions and structures of eighteenth-century society. This is their story as well as his -- and shows once again that a great part of the composer’s genius was in his understanding and musical expression of human nature. Evocative and beautifully written, Mozart’s Women illuminates the music, the man, and above all the women who inspired him.

'Jane Glover has pulled off a coup des livres with her fresh take on Mozart's life and work’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Readable, informative and moving…Her passion for the music shines through this touching, vividly told story' Sunday Times

'unusual and original…readable, informative and moving…Glover uses her own experience as a conductor of Mozart's operas to give lucid and pertinent insights into the music…Glover's final chapter 'After Mozart' is the most rewarding and poignant in the book…Constanze emerges as a devoted wife, mother and lifelong promoter of Mozart. Glover neatly and satisfyingly ties up the loose ends in the story of the genius whose most astonishing musical miracles were achieved in his all-too-brief adulthood. Her passion for the music shines through this touching, vividly told story' Hugh Canning, Sunday Times

'Jane Glover has pulled off a coup des livres with her fresh take on Mozart's life and work. Glover's approach to her subject, through the women who played such a major role in Mozart's life, seems so obvious that it is a wonder nobody thought of it before…a compelling read that wears its scholarship lightly…Many conductors are good at talking about music, yet Glover belongs to that select band of conductor-scholars who have practical experience of the music they are writing about. As such, she offers insights into Mozart's work that ought to be required reading for practitioners and will equally enlighten the most casual listener' John Allison, Sunday Telegraph