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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2013 Paul Johnson (P)2013 Recorded Books
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3 out of 5 stars
By LZ on 04-15-15

For a book about Mozart, not much Mozart.

Would you try another book from Paul Johnson and/or Robert Ian Mackenzie?


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Karl on 05-03-15

Stunningly well researched, approachable Mozart

Would you consider the audio edition of Mozart to be better than the print version?

Audio was clear and well researched

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The description of the complicated and close relationship of Mozart and
his father. Mozart was loved by fellow musicians light hearted.

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