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Mozart in Person: His Character and Health (Hardcover)

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There have been many studies of Mozart, but few offer as rich an understanding of the composer's character as this book. Mozart in Person appraises the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of Mozart's health and its effect on his creativity. As Erna Schwerin says in the introduction, Mozart "emerges as a human being, realistically perceived with twentieth-century sensibility, yet retrospectively in the light of eighteenth-century mores." This is the first volume to describe all of Mozart's known illnesses and to present a detailed discussion of the controversial cause of his premature death, with a convincing refutation of the alleged poisoning theories. Davies defines Mozart's enigmatic, complex personality, and presents fascinating insights into Mozart's relationships with his pastimes and stresses. The health of Mozart's family, especially the personality, illnesses, and death of his father are discussed. The author explores many of the myths surrounding this great and often misunderstood composer and clarifies our understanding of Mozart's flaws and shortcomings through authentic documentation, thereby eliminating some of the distortions created in recent popular plays and films. There is a detailed review of Mozartian economics, including the composer's debts, extravagance, and gambling proclivities. Yet another highlight of the book is an up-to-date account of exciting recent research on Mozart's skull and the bronze death mask. The first book in English devoted entirely to Mozart's physical and mental health, Mozart in Person contains a comprehensive bibliography of books and articles from musical and medical literatures. The state of medical knowledge in eighteenth-centuryEurope and glossary of medical terms are presented. Although suitable for nonspecialist research, this volume will also have wide academic appeal in the study of medicine, psychology, and music, and will be a welcome addition to all general libraries.

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Publisher Greenwood Press
Mfg Part# 9780313263408
SKU 206891363
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 031326340X
Release Date 2/4/2008
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