Mozart and the Enlightenment: Truth, Virtue and Beauty in Mozart's Operas

Till, Nicholas (1992) Mozart and the Enlightenment: Truth, Virtue and Beauty in Mozart's Operas. Faber and Faber/W.W,Norton (USA) W. W. Norton & Co.; Reprint edition (30 Jun 1995). ISBN 978-0393313956

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Abstract

In this fascinating study of Mozart's operas, Nicholas Till shows that the composer was not a "divine idiot" but an artist whose work was informed by the ideas and discoveries of the Enlightenment. Examining the dramatic emergence of a modern society in eighteenth-century Austria, the author draws on such famous writers and thinkers of the time as Richardson, Voltaire, Rousseau, Kant, Goethe, Schiller, and Blake to reappraise the history and meaning of the Enlightenment and of Mozart's role within it. He evokes for us the Vienna of the 1780s, a world of intense intellectual argument, political debate, and religious inquiry, which deeply influenced the philosophical content of Mozart's operas. From the early La Finta Giardiniera, based on Richardson's Pamela, to Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, designed to support the political aims of Emperor Joseph II; from Le nozze di Figaro, a profound exploration of marriage as a human and social institution, to the post-Enlightenment Zauberflote, the operas bear witness to the era's changing views and to Mozart's own quest for personal and artistic identity.

Item Type: Book
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Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Depositing User: Nicholas Till
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:17
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 15:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25232
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