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.
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