As 1991 is the bicentenary of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, worldwide attention will be focused on the composer and his music. Author H.C. Robbins Landon presents a dazzling portrait of 18th-century Vienna and Mozart, with a unique look at the crucial years when Mozart struggled to transform himself from a precocious boy to the creative genius he was to become....
|Title||:||Mozart and Vienna|
|Number of Pages||:||200 Pages|
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Mozart and Vienna Reviews
FINALLY finished reading this. I read it almost entirely for Pezzl's comments about Vienna during Mozart's time, and less so for the more current editorial comments before & after. Pezzl's works have been heavily edited, which sometimes helps, in that a lot of redundancies such as his frequent vilification of the Catholic Church have mostly been elided. Sometimes the editors will also interject notes indicating that this or that landmark is still in the city, or no longer exists, and that is very helpful. But some passages that are elided, I kind of wish they had kept. Maybe if I could read them in their entirety, however, I would find them to be rather blathery, so maybe they did me more of a favor than I realize.Pezzl's descriptions of Vienna are enormously valuable for historical reasons. He describes the landscape, the geography of the city, which citizens get up at what time of day and what they do, who wears what kinds of clothes, how much people with various occupations are paid, how much it costs to buy food and fuel and clothing -- enormous amounts of detail about the time that are nearly impossible to gather from most other sources. But the problem is, he talks about these things in no particular order other than when he happens to think of them. So there will be a few paragraphs about the main shopping streets, the Graben and Kohlmarkt, and he'll mention the prostitutes ("nymphs") who hang about on the Graben, and that will lead to a brief discussion of prostitution in the city, which will them lead to some discussion of crimes & how they used to be punished versus how they are punished "today" (in his time), and then he'll talk about street sweeping, and then he'll talk about all the flavors of ices you can buy in the parks, and so on, and then maybe many many pages later he'll say some more things about prostitution in Vienna. So although you can follow him in the short-term, so to speak, it's very hard to stay with him for very many pages at a time because he jumps all over the place. This also means that the Index had better do a real yeoman's job of organizing the text. Unfortunately, the Index is quite disappointing. It is a proper name index, meaning that the majority of it is people's names. Everything to do with Vienna -- St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Hohr Market, the Augarten, the Prater, etc., etc. -- do not have their own entries but are all buried under the main heading Vienna. This makes for so many sub-entries and sub-sub-entries and sub-sub-sub entries that the Index is really difficult to use. I even considered making my own index and sticking it in the back of the book for future readers to use instead. But I was so glad to get to the end of the book, I didn't want to delve into it further. I'll just have to hope the sticky tabs I put everywhere will be enough to help me use this as a reference book going forward.