Mozart's Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music
HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet
heir names glide off the page like notes of music: Constanze, Nannerl, Caterina, and Aloysia. These are just some of the women who captured the imagination and breathtaking musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From his sister Nannerl, to his mother Maria Anna, to his wife Constanze, Jane Glover has recreated the women in Mozart's world who allowed him to give voice to his musical heroines.
chronicles his life from performing as a young boy in royal courts and drawing rooms around Europe to his death at the age of thirty-five. Dominated from an early age by his overbearing father Leopold, Mozart struggled throughout his life to meet his father's demands and to support his family with his talent. The women in his life smoothed the edges. Whether amusing himself by hijacking his sister's diary or by challenging the voices of favorite opera singers, Mozart drew inspiration from the women who surrounded him. Glover suggests that the women Mozart knew, and his feelings for them, shaped the complex and lasting female operatic roles he wrote.
s Mozart's 250th birthday approaches in January 2006, readers interested in delving deeper into the composer's life from a different perspective will enjoy this thorough, fascinating book. As an internationally renowned conductor and music scholar, Glover is an insightful writer able to weave her knowledge and musical passion into Mozart's story. She paints a beautiful picture of the musical genius lost at his creative zenith, while illuminating the remarkable women who nurtured, enthralled, amused, and challenged him.
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