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Mozart's Women


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Jane Glover is one of our preeminent conductors and an expert on Mozart. She studied music at St. Hugh's College, Oxford, and subsequently completed her doctorate on seventeenth-century Venetian opera. She is Music Director of Chicago's Music of the Baroque and conducts regularly with the Chicago Opera Theater. In addition to the New York City Opera, she has conducted at all the major symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain -- at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the English National Opera and Glyndebourne -- and appears regularly at the BBC Proms. She works extensively in the United States, Europe and Australia. She is also a regular broadcaster, with highlights that include a television series on Mozart and the radio series Opera House. She received the honor of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2003.


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.

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.

"a heartfelt and original portrait...[from] one of the world's finest musical interpreters of Mozart."--The Observer
"Beautifully written and scholarly without seeming so."--Dame Felicity Lott
"Impossible to read Mozart's Women without being deeply touched by what it reveals of the people closest to the composer."--The Independent
"It is Jane Glover's great gift to show how the women surrounding Mozart...all influenced him."--Judith Flanders
"Jane Glover has pulled off a coup des livres with her fresh take on Mozart's life and work."--John Allison, Sunday Telegraph
"Rich, evocative, compellingly readable, Mozart's Women illuminates the music and the man, but above all, the women who inspired him."--ClassicFM Newsnight

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