Mozart's Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music

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Mozart was fascinated, amused, aroused, hurt, and betrayed by women. He loved and respected them, composed for them, performed with them. This unique biography looks at his interaction with each, starting with his family (his mother, Maria Anna and beloved and talented sister, Nannerl), and his marriage (which brought his 'other family', the Weber sisters). His relationships with his artists are examined, in particular those of his operas, through whose characters Mozart gave voice to the emotions of women who were, like his entire female acquaintance, restrained by the conventions and structures of eighteenth-century society. This is their story as well as his -- and shows once again that a great part of the composer’s genius was in his understanding and musical expression of human nature. Evocative and beautifully written, Mozart’s Women illuminates the music, the man, and above all the women who inspired him.

'Jane Glover has pulled off a coup des livres with her fresh take on Mozart's life and work’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Readable, informative and moving…Her passion for the music shines through this touching, vividly told story' Sunday Times

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A major new biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told through the prism of the women in his life

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‘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 'I love it, absolutely love it. Especially I love the way you keep erupting onto the page, great surges of enthusiasm or sympathy leaping out of the narrative which is, incidentally, utterly compelling. I'm seeing WAM (which of course is your plan) differently, clearer than I ever have. What a guy. What a book. (and you can quote me on that)' Simon Callow

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