Mozart’s Symphonies: Context, Performance Practice, Reception
First published in hardback, in 1989, Mozart’s Symphonies is the first serious attempt in any language to survey the entire panorama of Mozart’s symphonic works. Accounting for every symphony associated with Mozart involved the identification and evaluation of nearly a hundred symphonies. Professor Zaslaw placed each symphony in its musical and cultural context, and addressed such questions as how and why the symphonies were written, how they were disseminated, who paid for them, who played them, who listened to them, and what those involved thought of them. The role of the symphony in Mozart’s creative life and his contribution to the genre was also examined.