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    From the acclaimed composer and biographer Jan Swafford comes the definitive biography of one of the most lauded musical geniuses in history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

    At the earliest ages it was apparent that Wolfgang Mozart’s singular imagination was at work in every direction. He hated to be bored and hated to be idle, and through his life he responded to these threats with a repertoire of antidotes, mental and physical. 

    Whether in his rabidly obscene mode or not, Mozart was always hilarious. He went at every piece of his life, and perhaps most notably his social life, with tremendous gusto. His circle of friends and patrons was wide, encompassing anyone who appealed to his boundless appetites for music and all things pleasurable and fun.

    Mozart was known to be an inexplicable force of nature who could rise from a luminous improvisation at the keyboard to a leap over the furniture. He was forever drumming on things, tapping his feet, jabbering away, but he could grasp your hand and look at you with a profound, searching, and melancholy look in his blue eyes. Even in company there was often an air about Mozart of being not quite there. It was as if he lived onstage and off simultaneously, a character in life’s tragicomedy but also outside of it watching, studying, gathering material for the fabric of his art.

    Like Jan Swafford’s biographies Beethoven and Johannes Brahms, Mozart is the complete exhumation of a genius in his life and ours: A man who would enrich the world with his talent for centuries to come and who would immeasurably shape classical music. As Swafford reveals, it’s nearly impossible to understand classical music’s origins and indeed its evolutions, as well as the Baroque period, without studying the man himself.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

    ©2012 Jan Swafford (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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    • Jim Berg
    • 03/02/2021

    Exquisite- how else to describe his life & musical gift?

    Listen to Campbell’s narration on your iPhone. Be sure to have your laptop or iPad nearby to play a YouTube offering on his well described K of Mozart.

    There’s not enough superlatives to ascribe to this wonderfully written biography.

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    • James Messelbeck
    • 12/01/2021

    Too many words

    Mozart is presented more humanely as an approachable and fun loving genius in contrast to other’s descriptions. I enjoyed historical context and learning his relationships with his contemporaries. I now enjoy his opera’s understanding better the stories of his collaborators. But musically pedantic for the uninitiated - me.

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    • Judy
    • 07/01/2021

    Comprehensive Bio

    This is a serious examination of Mozart the child prodigy, followed in due course by Mozart the saucy grownup genius who leaves his mark on the world. Author Swafford provides an illuminating look at the times, including the difficulties of travel by coach on primitive roadways, as well as at life in general in a time where sickness and death were a constant presence. Much of the material will already be known to lovers of all things Mozartian, but Swafford also clears up some of the lingering myths surrounding this towering figure.
    He delves frequently into examinations of Mozart's technical approach to composition, dwelling almost exhaustively on such details as his use of counterpoint, choice of keys, harmony and much more. The lengthy discussions of opera plot, recitative, libretto, etc., similarly strain the spirit of all but the most serious student of research. Skip is always an option. However, the book is worth the effort.
    Narration is good.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 28/02/2021

    Too much music theory

    Too much music theory. Granted I have a small amount of music theory knowledge, but it was overkill. I got bored and disintetested.

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