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Investigating Mozarts Enduring Popularity

Research by Mark Everist, Professor of Music at the University of Southampton, examines 200 years’ worth of interpretation and reception of one of the world’s most famous composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Mozart's Ghost
Mozart's Ghost

Professor Everist examines how Mozart’s music has been received over two centuries, both in his native Austria and around the world. His research, which forms a book titled Mozart’s Ghosts: Haunting the Halls of Musical Culture, considers how his music has been consumed and reused since his death. It asks how Mozart has become a household name today, and how ways of viewing his music now dominate the way music is analysed.

Professor Everist discusses how Mozart’s sacred and secular music has been viewed over the centuries and considers how the autograph score of his famous opera Don Giovanni was enshrined. The book also shows how biographies and films have influenced perceptions of the composer and the development of a tourist industry that trades on his memory, especially in Vienna and Salzburg.

Professor Everist’s research is one of 88 submissions by the Department of Music at the University of Southampton for the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), in which it received a GPA of 3.55 and was placed first nationally in music, which assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Research areas of particular strength in Music at Southampton include: music history, theory and analysis, contemporary music and popular culture, performance, and composition.

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