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A valuable contribution to understanding Mozart
on 11 April 2006
Generally I am impressed with this book, Dr Glover has a well crafted writing style and the narrative flows evenly throughout the whole book. The brief history of Mozart as seen in the context of the women in his life is a fascinating perspective to adopt and Dr Glover brings it off rather well. Mozart's adult life was closely enmeshed with the Weber family and their four talented daughters (he married one of them) - this theme runs throughout the whole text and is well developed. As expected a considerable amount of the book is given over to the operas owing to a high level of distinctive female presence on stage. Again very well presented - observing the difficulties and the triumphs of each opera as experienced by members of the female cast. Just a couple of reservations, the structure of the book - the chapters are very long and I feel a few subtitles would not have been out of place. In the brief history of Mozart's life in Chapter 1 it would have been useful to have reference to concurrent compositions accompanying events - positioning Mozart's music in a sort of chronology. Anyone who is a Mozart enthusiast will find this book an enjoyable and entertaining read.