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Mozart's Women


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'Jane Glover's elegant and fascinating book illuminates an aspect of Mozart, and of his work, that has often been touched on but never with such detail and insight. Her vivid portraits enable us appreciate how deeply the remarkable women in his life served as both emotional and artistic muses, and how their spirit informs his masterworks . Glover has lived Mozart's music intimately, and her knowledge of it and love for it make her a privileged guide to its endless riches, and to how originally and brilliantly Mozart uses it to create some of the most memorable female characters in all of opera.' Renee Fleming 'Jane Glover has produced a winner, showing us Mozart from a fresh and fascinating viewpoint: the women in his life. Constanze, for instance, emerges a different creature from the way she is usually portrayed, tempting the reader to revise judgement on her. Written in a delightful, accessible style, this is a book that anyone with an interest in Mozart should have. For the singer it is an indispensable treasure trove of information altogether, hugely enjoyable' Dame Janet Baker 'Nowadays it seems that Mozart's genius had always existed, fully formed, from the first. But genius does not flourish in isolation. It is Jane Glover's great gift to show how the women surrounding Mozart his sister Nannerl, his wife Constanze, and her three talented sisters all influenced him, making their own contributions to the creation of the most fascinating, dazzling, and complex women on the opera stage' Judith Flanders, author of Circle of Sisters and The Victorian House 'Beautifully written and scholarly without seeming so' Dame Felicity Lott

About the Author

Jane Glover is one of our pre-eminent conductors and a Mozart expert. In her long and hugely successful career she has been Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Artistic Director of The London Mozart Players, and has also held Principal Conductorships of both the Huddersfield and the London Choral Societies. She has conducted all the major symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain and appears regularly at the BBC Proms. She is also a regular broadcaster, with highlights including a television series on Mozart and the radio series Opera House. She lives in London.


Despite this book's title, Mozart was no ladies' man. The loves in his life add up to his mother, Maria Anna; his talented sister, Nannerl; a cousin known as "the Basle"; the four Weber sisters, all singers, and one of them, Constanze, his wife; and, naturally, the women in his operas and the divas who sang the roles (these included the Webers). In this latest of many Mozart biographies, Glover, a leading conductor of 18th-century music, views Mozart's life through the women who surrounded him, though no biographer could avoid Mozart's micromanaging father, Leopold. Mozart's first crush may have been on his cousin, and the second was certainly on Aloysia Weber, who firmly rejected him (and later regretted it). But Mozart's marriage to Aloysia's younger sister seems to have been entirely happy. The book's best and most original part of this work offers a close analysis of the operas, especially of the female roles and the women who inspired them; the discussion of Cose fan tutte is especially good. Though Glover is not an inspiring writer, the analyses of operas will interest some people, and the work will find an audience among loyalists. Photos. Agent, Margaret Hanbury. (On sale Jan. 4) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

'unusual and original readable, informative and moving Glover uses her own experience as a conductor of Mozart's operas to give lucid and pertinent insights into the music Glover's final chapter 'After Mozart' is the most rewarding and poignant in the book Constanze emerges as a devoted wife, mother and lifelong promoter of Mozart. Glover neatly and satisfyingly ties up the loose ends in the story of the genius whose most astonishing musical miracles were achieved in his all-too-brief adulthood. Her passion for the music shines through this touching, vividly told story' Hugh Canning, Sunday Times 'Jane Glover has pulled off a coup des livres with her fresh take on Mozart's life and work. Glover's approach to her subject, through the women who played such a major role in Mozart's life, seems so obvious that it is a wonder nobody thought of it before a compelling read that wears its scholarship lightly Many conductors are good at talking about music, yet Glover belongs to that select band of conductor-scholars who have practical experience of the music they are writing about. As such, she offers insights into Mozart's work that ought to be required reading for practitioners and will equally enlighten the most casual listener' John Allison, Sunday Telegraph

In this distinctive and engaging view of Mozart, Glover, a noted conductor who specializes in 18th-century music, discusses the composer's life and music in the context of the women in his life. His mother, sister, wife and her sisters, the female characters in his operas, and the divas who sang his works are all illuminated here, often via Mozart's own letters, with Glover brilliantly analyzing statements and then filling in the details. The discussions of his music, especially the operas, are lucid and insightful. Glover writes with the authority derived from her intimate knowledge of the repertory, and the product is so well crafted that it flows like a good novel. Mozart and the women in his life come to life in a way not achieved by any other biography. Highly recommended.-Timothy J. McGee, Hastings, Ont. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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