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Mozart in Italy

Coming of Age in the Land of Opera

Jane Glover



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26 March 2024
At thirteen years old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a child prodigy who had captured the hearts of northern Europe, but his father Leopold was now determined to conquer Italy. Together, they made three visits there the last when Mozart was seventeen, all vividly recounted here by acclaimed conductor Jane Glover.

Father and son travelled from the theatres and concert salons of Milan to the church-filled streets of Rome to Naples, poorer and more dangerous than the prosperous north, and to Venice, the carnivalesque birthplace of public opera. All the while Mozart was absorbing Italian culture, language, style and art, and honed his craft. He met the challenge of writing Italian opera for Italian singers and audiences and provoked a variety of responses, from triumph and admiration to intrigue and hostility: in a way, these Italian years can be seen as a microcosm of his whole life.

Evocative, beautifully written and with a profound understanding of eighteenth-century classical music, Mozart in Italy reveals how what he experienced during these Italian journeys changed Mozart - and his music - for ever.

Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   526g
ISBN:   9781529059861
ISBN 10:   1529059860
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

In Jane Glover's long and hugely successful career as a conductor, she has been Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Artistic Director of The London Mozart Players, and, since 2002, is Music Director of Chicago's Music of the Baroque. She has conducted concerts and operas in Britain, the United States of America and across the world, and is especially known for her interpretations of Mozart. She is a regular broadcaster, with highlights including a television series on Mozart. She is also the acclaimed author of Mozart's Women and Handel in London. She was made Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2021 New Year's Honours. She lives in London.

Reviews for Mozart in Italy: Coming of Age in the Land of Opera

You don’t have to be able to hum Mozart to find this book utterly engrossing. As a fan of both the fabled composer and Dame Jane Glover, Mozart in Italy is a match made in heaven. I couldn’t put it down. -- Joanna Lumley

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