By Albert Borowitz

This name deals an engrossing examine the interaction among crime and tune. Crime has shaped the foundation of numerous plots in tune theater and opera. a number of well-known composers have been homicide sufferers or believed to be murdered, and one of many maximum Renaissance composers slaughtered his spouse and her lover. In "Musical Mysteries", popular actual crime historian Albert Borowitz turns his consciousness to the lengthy and intricate background of song and crime. The booklet is split into elements. the 1st addresses 3 features of musical crime: the clashes among resentful and aggressive musicians, the recurrent query of no matter if genius and criminal activity can coexist within the related soul, and the jarring distinction among the artistic artist and the violent melodrama of lifestyle. Borowitz explores 8 notorious crimes and crime legends, together with the suspected killing of Robert Cambert by way of his rival, opera composer Jean-Baptiste Lully; the lurid slaying via sixteenth-century madrigal composer Carlo Gesualdo of his untrue spouse; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's meant homicide by the hands of Antonio Salieri; and, the stalking and homicide of John Lennon by means of Mark Chapman. the second one half examines crimes in tune, taking a look at such diversified examples because the 'Song of Lamech', the second one biblical killer; the preoccupation of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas with company legislation and fraud; and the violent personality of Jud Fry in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! This interdisciplinary research of musical crimes and criminals deals readers Borowitz's attribute shut, realized research and insightful, attractive prose. "Musical Mysteries" will attract real crime aficionados in addition to scholars of social and track background.

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A selective record of recollections and biographies of Mozart contain: Hermann Abert, W. A. Mozart, 2 vols. , seventh ed. (Leipzig: Breitkopf and Härtel, 1955–56), 2:693; Georg Friedrich Daumer, Aus der Mansarde (Mainz: Verlag von Franz Kirchheim, 1861), 4:1–184; Otto Erich Deutsch, Mozart: A Documentary Biography, second ed. (Palo Alto, Calif. : Stanford Univ. Press, 1966), 432, 523; Alfred Einstein, Mozart: His personality, His paintings (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1965), 86; Edward Holmes, The lifetime of Mozart (1845; reprint, London: J. M. Dent, 1939), 279n1; Otto Jahn, The lifetime of Mozart, trans. Pauline D. Townsend, three vols. (London: Novello, Ewer, 1882), 3:354n7; Lorenzo da Ponte, Memoirs of Lorenzo da Ponte (New York: Orion, 1959), sixty seven, a hundred; Charlotte Moscheles, ed. , contemporary song and Musicians as defined within the Diaries and Correspondence of Ignatz Moscheles (New York: Holt, 1873), fifty nine; Franz Niemetschek, lifetime of Mozart (London: Leonard Hyman, 1956), forty three; Georg Nissen, Biographie W. A. Mozarts (Leipzig: G. Senf, 1828), 563–64, 572; Vincent Novello and Mary Novello, A Mozart Pilgrimage (London: Novello, 1955), a hundred twenty five, 127–28; Michael Kelly, memories of Michael Kelly, 2 vols. (1826; reprint, big apple: Da Capo, 1968), 1:254; Arthur Schurig, Wolfgang Amade Mozart, 2 vols. (Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1923), 2:374. Books and articles at the dying of Mozart contain the next assets in English, German, and Russian: Carl Bär, Mozart-Krankheit-Tod-Begräbnis (Salzburg: Salzburger Druckerei, 1966); Eric Blom, “Mozart’s Death,” song and Letters 38 (1957): 320–26; Igor Boelza (Belza), Motsart i Sal’eri (Moscow: Muzgiz, 1953), and Boelza’s supplementary 1962 essay, Motsart i Sal’eri (Ob istoricheskoi dostovernosti tragedii Pushkina), http://feb-web. ru/feben/pushkin/serial/im4/im4-237-htm? cmd=2 (accessed July 23, 2009); Johannes Dalchow, Gunther Duda, and Dieter Kerner, W. A. Mozart—Die Dokumentation seines Todes (Pähl: Bebenburg, 1966), and Mozarts Tod 1791–1971 (Pähl: Hohe Warte Bebenburg, 1971); Gunther Duda, “Gewiss, guy hat mir reward gegeben” (Pähl: Hohe Warte, 1958); Dieter Kerner, Krankheiten Grosser Musiker (Stuttgart: Schattauer, 1967); C. G. Sederholm, “Mozart’s Death,” song and Letters 32 (1951): 345; Nicolas Slonimsky, “The climate at Mozart’s Funeral,” Musical Quarterly forty six (1960): 12–21; William Stafford, The Mozart Myths: A serious Reassessment (Palo Alto, Calif. : Stanford Univ. Press, 1991); Alexander Werth, “Was Mozart Poisoned? ” New Statesman, Apr. 14, 1961, 580, 582. Ties among anti-Semitism and anti-Masonic prejudice are thought of in Paul Nettl’s Mozart and Masonry (New York: Philosophical Library, 1957), eighty five. artwork historian Kenneth Clark commented on Joseph Lange’s portrait of Mozart in Clark’s Civilisation (London: British Broadcasting Corp. , 1971), 240. Salieri’s personality is rehabilitated in Volmar Braunbehren’s Maligned grasp: the genuine tale of Antonio Salieri (New York: Fromm overseas, 1992). 3 clinical researchers have lately concluded that Mozart died of a streptococcal an infection shriveled in a scourge of that disorder in Vienna: Richard H.

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