For the Mozart celebration in 2006 (the 250th anniversary year of his birth in January) we are reissuing the Libris paperback bestseller, Brigid Brophy’s Mozart the Dramatist – The Value of His Operas, to Him, to His Age, and to Us, which will be published 5 January.
The eminent Mozart conductor, and scholar, Jane Glover writes:
‘An illuminating, invigorating, thought-provoking and profoundly human book, of immense value to any lover of Mozart.’
Libris first published this in 1988 – it was the revised and extended edition of a Faber original (1964). The fact that it is over forty years old shows not at all. It is a coloratura performance of extreme brilliance, in keeping with its subject, as the 1988 reception shows:
‘No one has ever written better on Mozart’ – Peter Conrad, Observer
‘High on the list of really interesting and original commentaries on Mozart’s operas’ – Sir Charles Mackerras
‘A great, humane and very moving book’ – H.C. Robbins Landon (the great Haydn scholar and author of Mozart’s Last Year)
‘Immensely enjoyable … an assault on the 20th Century in the name of the 18th’ – Peter Gay, London Review of Books
The author, who died in 1995, was a much loved and respected critic and novelist with – as any reader will experience – an utterly singular and unforgettable voice. Her book is also unique in offering the only literary analysis of the operas, alongside Voltaire, Alexander Pope and Jane Austen. Brigid Brophy was also before her time in making illuminating use of Mozart’s own letters in attempting to understand his creative process.
Brigid Brophy (photo © Jerry Bauer)