A former tutor to the aristocracy and knight of the Austrian Empire, Kochel set out in 1851 to locate, collate, authenticate and place in chronological order all of Mozart's existing compositions. The Kochel Register, the result of eleven years of research and compilation, became the backbone of Mozart scholarship. He similarly assembled works by other noted Austrian composers and lectured extensively on music and other subjects. Tracing Kochel's life and professional career, this work aims to introduce the general music lover to Kochel and to demonstrate that his achievements in musicology and other fields are worthy of recognition, with or without his extensive Mozart collection.
Thomas Edmund Konrad is a former staff journalist of the German language Budapest weekly Freies Leben and the Romanian daily Neuer Weg. An avid writer, Konrad continues to serve as a London correspondent for the Neuer Pester Lloyd.
Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Part I: His Life Chapter 3 1 Kochel's Destiny Chapter 4 2 The Day of Decision Chapter 5 3 Kochel's Ancestry Chapter 6 4 The Three Stages of Kochel's Life Chapter 7 5 Learning and Teaching Chapter 8 6 Kochel's Romance Chapter 9 7 In the Service of Archduke Karl Chapter 10 8 Reward for Services Rendered Chapter 11 9 Kochel in Great Britain Chapter 12 10 Scientific Activities Chapter 13 11 Final Journey Chapter 14 12 Last Will and Testament Chapter 15 13 The Memorial Plaque on the Wrong House Chapter 16 14 Kochel and Mozart Chapter 17 15 Kochel as Others Saw Him Chapter 18 16 Nineteenth-Century Man Chapter 19 17 Remaining Mysteries Surrounding Kochel's Life Part 20 Part II: His Work Chapter 21 18 The Writer Chapter 22 19 The Poet Chapter 23 20 The Composer Chapter 24 21 The Botanist Chapter 25 22 The Mineralogist Chapter 26 23 Kochel and the Beethoven Letters Chapter 27 24 Johann Joseph Fux: The Second "Kochel Register" Chapter 28 25 Music at the Imperial Court Part 29 Part III: The Kochelverzeichnis Chapter 30 26 The Starting Point Chapter 31 27 Kochel's Detective Work in Tracing and Authenticating Mozart's Compositions Chapter 32 28 The Thematic Order of Mozart's Works Chapter 33 29 The Chronological Order of Mozart's Works Chapter 34 30 The "Wiegenlied" and Other "Spurious" Compositions Chapter 35 31 The Appendix Chapter 36 32 The Mystery Surrounding Mozart's Requiem Chapter 37 33 Kochel as Motivator of the First "Complete Mozart Edition" Chapter 38 34 The Kochelverzeichnis after Kochel's Death Part 39 Appendix A: Chronological List of Books and Articles by Ludwig Ritter von Kochel Part 40 Appendix B: Mozart's Compositions as First Published in Kochel's Register in 1862 Chapter 41 Bibliography Chapter 42 Index Chapter 43 About the Author