The Mozart Mystique

The Lives and Times of the Great Composers

By Michael Steen

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A grand and panoramic biograhical history of the giants of classical music, The Lives and Times of Great Composers is a new, unique, and lovingly constructed modern reference--and a beguiling read which you will return to again and again. Interlinked yet self-contained, each chapter distills the life of one or more composers, set against the social, political, musical, and cultural background of the time. Read the story of Bach, the respectable burgher, much of whose vast output was composed amidst petty turf disputes in Luteran Leipzig; or the ugly, argumentative Beethoven, obsessed by his laundry; or Mozart, the over-exploited infant prodigy whose untimely death was shrouded in rumor; or the ghastly death of Donizetti and Smetana.

Read about Verdi, who composed against the background of the Italian Risorgimento, or about the family life of the Wagners; and Brahms, who rose from the slums of Hamburg to become a devotee of beer and coffee in fin-de-siecle Vienna, a cultural capital bent on destroying Mahler. Michael Steen paints a vivid portrait of the tumultuous times in which these brilliant, yet flawed, human beings labored--a tour of 350 years of European history.

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The Magic Flute

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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The tale of Prince Tamino's quest for love, truth and beauty is set in a mysterious forest and features wild, exotic beasts.
Sung in English
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The Mozart Conspiracy

By Scott Mariani

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Enlisted by beautiful opera star Leigh Llewell to investigate her brother Oliver's mysterious death, SAS operative Ben Hope finds himself caught up in a centuries-old puzzle. The official line states that Oliver died while investigating Mozart's death, but the facts don't add up.

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The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit

By Don Campbell

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Explores the power of classical, jazz, New Age, Latin, and rock music to heal the body, mind, and spirit, from Eastern wisdom to the latest scientific research on the effect of music on illness and creativity.

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The Mozart Forgeries: A Caper Novel for the Serious Mozart Aficionado

By Daniel N. Leeson

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"Mozart's music, forged manuscripts, and a murder! Could any music aficionado who enjoys a unique, fascinating, and well-told tale ask for more?" - Conductor George Cleve, Music Director, San Francisco's Midsummer Mozart Music Festival

The idea of creating a counterfeit of a genuine Mozart manuscript is outrageous, but to attempt the forging of two such compositions for the purpose of a technical/musical swindle is an order of magnitude more aggressive. Yet that is exactly what Forger, a counterfeiting genius, and Librarian, an eighteenth-century document specialist, decide to do, their motivation being a $20,000,000 price tag. They are faced with incredible impediments not the least of which is the authentication of both documents by some of the world's leading Mozart scholars.

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The World's Very Best Opera for Kids--in English!

By Various composers and performers

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"Features 14 best-loved arias performed in English by the world's finest opera stars and rising stars and including works from some of the most popular -- and important - operas across a wide range of genres, eras and composers. In addition to 14 stellar performances in English, this CD includes five instrumental-only karaoke-style tracks so that anyone can sing along and be an opera star. The CD includes a synopsis of each opera, performers' biographies and complete lyrics so the whole family can enjoy singing along. Producer Mark D. Goldman and librettist Daniel Libman have taken care to ensure that each translation retains the original language's rhyme scheme, meter and rhythm and that each performance is perfectly articulated and imaginatively interpreted. The result is highly-singable, child-appropriate opera 'songs' the whole family will enjoy."

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Too Many Notes, Mr. Mozart

By Robert Barnard writing as Bernard Bastable

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History meets mystery in a novel about one pupil of Mozart's we have never heard of, the young Princess Victoria, whom the composer soon discovers has quite a talent for the keyboard and a knack for being a murder victim.

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What to Listen for in Mozart

By Robert Harris

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"The essential introduction to Mozart and the pleasures of classical music in a witty, exuberant style to match Mozart's own. What to Listen For in Mozart reveals the essence of Mozart's music as well as his tumultuous life and times, examining his achievements within the aristocratic society of the late 1700's, a society hovering on the brink of revolution, and the details of his career and tragic death, shunned and destitute at the age of thirty-five."

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Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?

By Yona Zeldis McDonough

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Born in Austria in 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his first piece of music, a minuet, when he was just five years old! Soon after, he was performing for kings and emperors. Although he died at the young age of thirty-five, Mozart left a legacy of more than 600 works. This fascinating biography charts the musician's extraordinary career and personal life while painting a vivid cultural history of eighteenth-century Europe. Black-and-white illustrations on every spread explore such topics as the history of opera and the evolution of musical instruments. There is also a timeline and a bibliography.

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