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Mozart and Other Essays on Courtly Art Norbert Elias

Mozart and Other Essays on Courtly Art By Norbert Elias

Mozart and Other Essays on Courtly Art by Norbert Elias


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Like his father Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was dependent on a court aristocracy in whose eyes he was little more than a domestic servant. This title presents an account of this extraordinarily gifted artist born into a society that did not yet possess either the concept of 'genius' or (at least in music) that of freelance artist.

Mozart and Other Essays on Courtly Art Summary

Mozart and Other Essays on Courtly Art by Norbert Elias

Like his father Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was dependent on a court aristocracy in whose eyes he was little more than a domestic servant. Unlike his father, however, his personal makeup was already that of the freelance artist who sought to follow the flow of his own artistic conscience and imagination rather than the courtly conventions and standards of the day. In Mozart: the Sociology of a Genius, Elias paints a portrait of this extraordinarily gifted artist born into a society that did not yet possess either the concept of 'genius' or (at least in music) that of freelance artist. The apparent contradictions of his character - the refined elegance of his compositions and the coarseness of his lavatorial humour - reflect his uncomfortable and eventually tragic straddling of two social worlds. The volume also includes two major essays on cognate topics, previously unpublished in English: on the courtly painter Watteau's Embarkation for Cythera, and on 'The fate of German Baroque poetry: between the traditions of court and middle class'.

Mozart and Other Essays on Courtly Art Reviews

'Norbert Elias was one of the most original minds in the human and social sciences in the twentieth century. The publication of his collected works is an extremely important contribution to the contemporary intellectual and academic scene.' - S. N. EISENSTADT, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

About Norbert Elias

NORBERT ELIAS (1897-1990) was one of the greatest sociologists of the twentieth century. He studied in Breslau and Heidelberg and served as Karl Mannheim's assistant in Frankfurt. In exile after 1933, first in France and then in Britain, he wrote his magnum opus The Civilizing Process. At its ill-timed publication in 1939, it received little note. Only after his formal retirement in 1962 was the book reissued in German and translated into many other languages. That, and a flood of other books and essays, made him an international intellectual celebrity towards the end of his long life. His whole oeuvre is now appearing in new scholarly editions in the Collected Works in English. ERIC R. BAKER teaches German at Inver Hills College, Minnesota, and writes on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German literature and Enlightenment philosophy. STEPHEN MENNELL is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at University College Dublin.

Table of Contents

Norbert Elias, 1897-1990; Note on the text; The fate of German Baroque poetry: between the traditions of court and middle class; Watteau's Pilgrimage to the Island of Love; Mozart: The Sociology of a Genius: 1 He simply gave up and let go; 2 Bourgeois musicians in court society; 3 Mozart becomes a freelance artist; 4 Craftsmen's art and artists' art; 5 The artist in the human being; 6 The formative years of a genius; 7 Between two social worlds; 8 Mozart's revolt: from Salzburg to Vienna; 9 Emancipation completed: Mozart's marriage; Appendix I The drama of Mozart's life: a chronology in note form; Appendix II Two notes; Bibliography; Index.

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NPB9781906359096
9781906359096
1906359091
Mozart and Other Essays on Courtly Art by Norbert Elias
New
Hardback
University College Dublin Press
2010-06-11
200
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