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    By: William Kinderman

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    Mozarts emergence as a mature artist coincides with the rise to prominence of the piano, an instrument that came alive under his fingers and served as medium for many of his finest compositions. In Mozarts Piano Music, William Kinderman reconsiders common assumptions about Mozarts life and art while offering comprehensive and incisive commentary on the solo music and concertos. After placing Mozarts pianistic legacy in its larger biographical and cultural context, Kinderman addresses the lively gestural and structural aspects of Mozarts musical language and explores the nature of his creative process. Incorporating the most recent research throughout this encompassing study, Kinderman expertly surveys each of the major genres of the keyboard music, including the four-hand and two-piano works. Beyond examining issues such as Mozarts earliest childhood compositions, his musical rhetoric and expression, the social context of his Viennese concertos, and affinities between his piano works and operas, Kindermans main emphasis falls on detailed discussion of selected individual compositions.

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