Mozart: A Cultural Biography is a fresh interpretation of a musical genius, meticulously researched and gracefully written. It places Mozart's life and music in the context of the intellectual, political, and artistic currents of eighteenth-century Europe. Even as he delves into philosophic and aesthetic questions, Robert Gutman keeps in sight, clearly and firmly, the composer and his works. He discusses the major genres in which Mozart worked - chamber music; liturgical, theatre, and keyboard compositions; concerto; symphony; opera; and oratorio. All of these riches unfold within the framework of the composer's brief but remarkable life.With Gutman's informed and sensitive handling, Mozart emerges in a light more luminous than in previous renderings. The composer was an affectionate and generous man to family and friends, self-deprecating, witty, winsome, but also an austere moralist, incisive and purposeful.Mozart is both an extraordinary portrait of a man in his time and a brilliant distillation of musical thought.
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Review: Mozart: A Cultural BiographyUser Review - Matt - Goodreads
A fabulous biography. In particular the exchanges from letters between Mozart and his father show the young composer's struggle to assert his independence. Gutman is very good at allowing Mozart to be ... Read full review
Review: Mozart: A Cultural BiographyUser Review - Dolores - Goodreads
I read this book or rather slogged through it. Despite the subject matter, I found that it came across as very dry and boring. Read full review