Mozart and the Keyboard Culture of His Time



The Neue Mozart-Ausgabe
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New political, social, and cultural climates brought by two world wars and the Cold War shaped a desire to create a new complete edition of Mozart's works. The Neue Mozart-Ausgabe produced all of its main volumes between 1955 and 1991, thus (as one wag observed) taking longer to edit and publish Mozart's compositions than it took him to write them. By 2006 the remaining supplementary volumes, containing critical reports, some questionable works, sketches, fragments, indexes, etc., will have been published. That the editions contained in the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe are not identical to other Urtext editions, even when based upon precisely the same sources, suggests some of the insuperable problems inherent in the concept.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1955
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How did Mozart Compose?
The Mozart Myth: Tales of a Forgery
Mozart's Images
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The Piano Lesson
The Cult of Mozart
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