Mozart and Vienna: Including Selections from Johann Pezzl’s ‘Sketch of Vienna’ 1786-90 by H. C. Robbins Landon

Mozart and Vienna: Including Selections from Johann Pezzl’s ‘Sketch of Vienna’ 1786-90 by H. C. Robbins Landon lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Biography section.

London: Thames & Hudson, 1991, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white plates [32];

From the cover: WHEN, in October 1 762, the Mozart family arrived in Vienna from Salzburg, Wolf-gang the six-year-old child prodigy immediately became a star attraction, both at the court of Maria Theresa and among the musical establishment. Inevitably, Leopold Mozarts ambitious hopes for his son and Wolfgangs extraordinary talents led to further visits in 1767-8 and 1773 marked by such problems as an attack of smallpox and the jealous intrigues of other less gifted composers, and culminated in Wolfgangs decision to settle in Vienna in 1781.

In Mozart and Vienna, H. C. Robbins Lan-don combines his own vivid and immensely readable account of Mozarts association with Vienna with substantial extracts from an invaluable contemporary source Johann Pezzls sketch of Vienna, published in the years 1786-90. Pezzl, born like Mozart in 1756, was also a member of the same Masonic lodge and sympathetic to the reform policies of Emperor Joseph II. His sketch covers every aspect of life: the principal buildings and parks, the Imperial court, politics, religion, commerce and leisure activities, from elaborate carnival balls to unseemly animal-baiting.

Pezzls vivid verbal picture of the social scene is embellished with a selection of contemporary paintings and engravings, which together provide a first-hand impression of Vienna as Mozart knew it. The distinctive and informed writing of one of the worlds leading authorities on Mozart and eighteenth-century music will, when read in conjunction with Pezzls lively descriptions, provide both an entertaining account of the composers successes and failures and an illuminating guide to the musical and social climate of Vienna.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 208 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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