Mozart's Symphonies    (Neal Zaslaw)   0-19-816286-3
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Mozart's Symphonies    (Neal Zaslaw)   0-19-816286-3
B1731. NEAL ZASLAW. Mozart’s Symphonies – Context, Performance Practice, Reception. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1991. 617pp. Index; Bibliography; music examples, plates, text figures, tables.; Illus. (Pictorial thick paper covers) - 0-19-816286-3 9780198162865


“Published in paperback to coincide with the bicentennial of Mozarts death, this book identifies and evaluates every symphony that has ever been associated with the name of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, nearly 100 in all. Zaslaw, who served as the musicological supervisor for the complete recordings of Mozarts symphonies by Jaap Schröder, Christopher Hogwood, and the Academy of Ancient Music, draws on exhaustive research and his own experience in presenting this comprehensive study. He places each symphony in its musical and cultural context, explores the role each played in Mozarts creative life, and reveals what is known about how Mozarts symphonies, and those of his contemporaries, were performed. In doing so, he has created an invaluable contribution to Mozart scholarship that will long stand as the definitive treatment of its subject. It is the first serious attempt in any language to survey the entire panorama of Mozart s symphonic works. Accounting for every symphony associated with Mozart involved the identification and evaluation of nearly a hundred symphonies. Professor Zaslaw placed each symphony in its musical and cultural context, and addressed such questions as how and why the symphonies were written, how they were disseminated, who paid for them, who played them, who listened to them, and what those involved thought of them. The role of the symphony in Mozart s creative life and his contribution to the genre was also examined. The result is a classic of Mozart scholarship, which offers an outstanding contribution to Mozart literature in this generation.”

- Olive M. Domina