Mozart: A Life

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Penguin Group USA, Nov 14, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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Eminent historian Paul Johnson dazzles with a rich, succinct portrait of Mozart and his music

As he's done in Napoleon, Churchill, Jesus, and Darwin, acclaimed historian and author Paul Johnson here offers a concise, illuminating biography of Mozart. Johnson's focus is on the music?Mozart's wondrous output of composition and his uncanny gift for instrumentation.

Liszt once said that Mozart composed more bars than a trained copyist could write in a lifetime. Mozart's gift and skill with instruments was also remarkable as he mastered all of them except the harp. For example, no sooner had the clarinet been invented and introduced than Mozart began playing and composing for it.

In addition to his many insights into Mozart's music, Johnson also challenges the many myths that have followed Mozart, including those about the composer's health, wealth, religion, and relationships. Always engaging, Johnson offers readers and music lovers a superb examination of Mozart and his glorious music, which is still performed every day in concert halls and opera houses around the world.

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User Review  - Beverly Harrison Campbell - Goodreads

A delightful insight into the capricious life of the genius maestro. Read full review

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User Review  - Dale Jr. - Goodreads

I've loved Mozart for many years and he continues to be one of my top favorite composers. His work has always struck a chord within me whether it be his concertos, operas, or symphonies. What I wanted ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Paul Johnson is an acclaimed historian and author. In addition to his many biographies, his books also include A History of the American People and Modern Times. He has contributed to Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many others. He lives in London.

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