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 listeners 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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Stunningly well researched, approachable Mozart
Audio was clear and well researched
The description of the complicated and close relationship of Mozart and
his father. Mozart was loved by fellow musicians light hearted.
For a book about Mozart, not much Mozart.
This book focused much more on the value of Mozart's work to musicology than on the composer himself. I would have liked to read a few more details about Mozart and his family and fewer notes on baroque bassoon construction. It was still an reasonably interesting read, but not really what I was looking for in a book titled Mozart: A Life.