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Penguin, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 177 pages
"Mozart's unshakable hold on the public's fascination can only be strengthened by the historian and biographer Peter Gay's new perspective. His passionate and painstaking research reveals truths more fascinating than the myths that have long shrouded the maestro's life. Here is the archetypal child prodigy whose genius triumphed over early precociousness, and who later broke away from a loving but tyrannical father to pursue his vision unhampered." "Peter Gay's Mozart traces the legendary development of the man whose life was a whirlwind of achievement, and the composer who pushed every instrument to its limit and every genre - especially opera - into new realms. Peter Gay's Mozart illuminates both the man and the age with the eloquent economy that will introduce to a new generation of readers this once popular literary form."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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In the ‘60s, Yale historian Gay won a National Book Award for a history of the Enlightenment; for the third installment of the Penguin Lives he depicts the lightning career of its greatest musical ... Read full review

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Superlative biography of the eminently superlative musician--another contribution to the readable Penguin Lives series. Read full review


one The Prodigy
two The Son
three The Servant
four The Freelance
five The Beggar
seven The Dramatist
eight The Classic

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Peter Gay is Sterling Professor of History, Emeritus, at Yale University, author of thirty-two widely respected books, and winner of the National Book Award for his definitive work on the Enlightenment.

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