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    Playing Before the Lord: the life and work of Joseph Haydn - Calvin Stapert
    Call Number: ML 410 .H4 S785 2014
    ISBN: 9780802868527
    Publication Date: 2014-01-30
    Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) has been called the father of the symphony and the string quartet. A friend of Mozart and a teacher of Beethoven, "Papa" Haydn composed an amazing variety of music -- symphonies, string quartets, concerti, masses, operas, oratorios, keyboard works -- and his prolific output celebrates both the heights and depths of life.

    In this fascinating book Calvin Stapert combines his skills as a biographer and a musicologist to recount Haydn's steady rise from humble origins to true musical greatness. Unlike other biographers, Stapert argues that Haydn's work was a product of his devout Catholic faith, even though he worked mainly as a court musician and the bulk of his output was in popular genres. In addition to telling Haydn's life story, Stapert includes accessible listening guides to "The Creation" and portions of other well-known works to help Haydn listeners more fully appreciate the brilliance behind his music.

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piero Melograni; Lydia G. Cochrane (Translator)
    Call Number: ML 410 .B26 F67 2007
    ISBN: 9780226519562
    Publication Date: 2006-10-21
    The year of this book's publication (2006) marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most enduringly popular and celebrated composers to have ever lived. His substantial oeuvre contains works that are considered to be among the most exquisite pieces of symphonic, chamber, and choral music ever written. His operas too cast a long shadow over those staged in their wake. And since his untimely death in 1791, he remains an enigmatic figure: the subject of fascination for aficionados and novices alike.

    Piero Melograni offers here a wholly readable account of Mozart's remarkable life and times. This masterful biography proceeds from the young Mozart's earliest years as a Wunderkind--the child prodigy who traveled with his family to perform concerts throughout Europe--to his formative years in Vienna, where he fully absorbed the artistic and intellectual spirit of the Enlightenment, to his unfinished Requiem, his deathbed and the mystery that still surrounds his burial.

    Melograni's deft use of Mozart's letters throughout confers authority and vitality to his recounting, and his expertise brings Mozart's eighteenth-century milieu evocatively to life. Written with a gifted historian's flair for narrative and unencumbered by specialized analyses of Mozart's music, Melograni's book is the most vivid and enjoyable biography available. At a time when music lovers around the world have been paying honor to Mozart and his legacy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be welcomed by his enthusiasts along with those wishing to peer into the mind of one of the greatest composers ever known.

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