Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A Biography

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University of Chicago Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most enduringly popular and celebrated composers to have ever lived. His substantial oeuvre contains works that are considered to be among the most exquisite pieces of symphonic, chamber, and choral music ever written. His operas too cast a long shadow over those staged in their wake. And since his untimely death in 1791, he remains an enigmatic figure—the subject of fascination for aficionados and novices alike. 

Piero Melograni here offers a wholly readable account of Mozart’s remarkable life and times. This masterful biography proceeds from the young Mozart’s earliest years as a Wunderkind—the child prodigy who traveled with his family to perform concerts throughout Europe—to his formative years in Vienna, where he fully absorbed the artistic and intellectual spirit of the Enlightenment, to his deathbed, his unfinished Requiem, and the mystery that still surrounds his burial. Melograni’s deft use of Mozart’s letters throughout confers authority and vitality to his recounting, and his expertise brings Mozart’s eighteenth-century milieu evocatively to life. Written with a gifted historian’s flair for narrative and unencumbered by specialized analyses of Mozart’s music, Melograni’s is the most vivid and enjoyable biography available.

At a time when music lovers around the world are paying honor to Mozart and his legacy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be welcomed by his enthusiasts—or anyone wishing to peer into the mind of one of the greatest composers ever known. 

 

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Review: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A Biography

User Review  - Jane Wetzel - Goodreads

This is a marvelous book. The information came from historical facts and Family letters giving documented truth about A. Mozart's life and times, both of which surprised and amazed me. This book has ... Read full review

Review: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A Biography

User Review  - Goodreads

This is a marvelous book. The information came from historical facts and Family letters giving documented truth about A. Mozart's life and times, both of which surprised and amazed me. This book has ... Read full review

Contents

June 1765 In a London Tavern
xi
17561767 The Rise and Decline of the Child Prodigy
1
17671777 Searching for a Post with His Father
26
17771778 In Search of a Permanent Post with His Mother
69
17781780 A Difficult Homecoming
102
17801782 Winning Freedom
118
17821786 Vienna Difficulties and Successes
160
17861790 The Great Italian Operas
192
1791 Mozarts Last Year
228
Mozart Lives On
249
CITED WORKS OF MOZART BY KÖCHEL NUMBER
253
NOTE ON THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION
261
NOTES
263
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
283
INDEX
289
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About the author (2007)

Piero Melograni is the author of eighteen books, including Lenin and the Myth of World Revolution, and most recently La guerra degli italiani, 1940–1945. Lydia G. Cochrane has translated numerous works from Italian and French, including Luc Ferry's What Is the Good Life?, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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