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Mozart in Anglophone Cultures

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Sabine Coelsch-Foisner, Dorothea Flothow and Wolfgang Görtschacher

Mozart in Anglophone Cultures brings together papers given at the 15th Salzburg Annual Conference on English Literature and Culture held in 2006 to commemorate Mozart’s 250th birthday. The volume concentrates in particular on the reception of Mozart and his work in English literature and film, on English translations and adaptations of Mozart’s operas and songs, on the performance history of Mozart’s operas on stages in the English-speaking world, and on relationships and influences between Mozart and English composers. Aspects covered in the volume include: Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus as historiographic metafiction, the reception of Mozart in Australia, Mozart’s works as intertext in James Joyce’s Ulysses and Barbara Trapido’s Temples of Delight, Mozart’s influence on American ballet and W. H. Auden’s re-writing of The Magic Flute. In its focus on the creative reception of Mozart rather than on Mozart’s oeuvre, this book hopes to show the importance of a living myth in various cultural traditions (Victorian, Modernist and Postmodernist) – and, conversely, to reveal Mozart and his own age’s mode of listening as being equally embedded in cultural traditions.
Contents: Ulrike Steinhäusl/Herminio Domingo: Daines Barrington Meets Little Mozart: An Account of a Very Remarkable Young Musician – Michaela Schwarzbauer: Father and Son: Reflections on a Strange Relationship on the Basis of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus – Beatrix Hesse: Amadeus and Narrative Unreliability – Mohit K. Ray: Don Giovanni and the «Circe» Chapter of Ulysses – Milada Franková: The Magic Sound of The Magic Flute in Barbara Trapido’s Temples of Delight – Glyn Pursglove: Opera into Novel: Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Amanda Prantera and Jill Paton Walsh – Adi Wimmer: Mozart in the Antipodes – D. M. de Silva: John Heath-Stubbs: The Mozart Poems – Rama Kundu: Sequel as Inversion: «Don Juan in Hell»: Shaw’s Intertextual Sequel to Mozart’s ‘Opera of Operas’ – Claudia Jeschke: Dancing Mozart in the USA: George Balanchine and the ‘Invention’ of the American Ballet – C. C. Barfoot: Advice from Mozart: Michael Kelly’s Reminiscences – Helga Hushahn: George Bernard Shaw and Mozart – Christopher Smith: Linley and Mozart – Ludmilla Kostova: Viewing Mozart and His Magic Singspiel Through Seriocomic Spectacles: W. H. Auden’s «Metalogue» to The Magic Flute.