Mozart

Mozart

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Penguin Putnam
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.


Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
A concise portrait of the genius 18th-century composer focuses on his significant output of music and how it reflected his uncanny ability to master virtually all of the musical instruments of his period, in an analysis that also challenges popular myths about his health, finances, religion and relationships. 20,000 first printing.

Book News
His life was miserable; he was hounded by creditors, he was riddled with self-doubts, and he died obscure and alone. Not true, says independent scholar Johnson. Mozart had a fairly happy life, although his early years as a prodigy/show animal were a bit wearisome. In this zesty and irreverent treatment, Mozart lived a mostly happy life. He may have been "the miracle prodigy" and was dragged all over Europe as a child, but he grew out of it to become a master of musical instruments (the only one he could not dominate was the harp) and his understanding of opera was magnificent. According to Johnson, Mozart lived a rich, full life despite its being cut short by illness. Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A portrait of the genius eighteenth-century composer focuses on his significant output of music and how it reflected his ability to master virtually all of the musical instruments of his period, and challenges myths about his health, finances, religion and relationships.

Publisher: New York : Viking, c2013
ISBN: 9780670026371
Branch Call Number: 780.92 JOH
Characteristics: 164 p. ;,24 cm.

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lotuslolo
Oct 25, 2016

I know how to play his songs and his dads too

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Ambarato
Sep 10, 2014

Engagingly written, Paul Johnson's love for Mozart's biography and music is contagious in the best way. I will definitely read this again. I highly recommend it.

ChristchurchLib Mar 17, 2014

"A concise portrait of the genius 18th-century composer focuses on his significant output of music and how it reflected his uncanny ability to master virtually all of the musical instruments of his period, in an analysis that also challenges popular myths about his health, finances, religion and relationships." Biography and Memoir March 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/1622705f-5af4-4dc2-9e26-3b28d1be098f?postId=f56cf88e-7093-4fd9-bfa7-93d497929bcc

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