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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (175 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcia Davenport Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781455170005
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Realistic, moving, engrossing, and positively brilliant, this biography recreates Mozart, the man and his music, against the background of the world he lived in. For Marcia Davenport, the research and writing of Mozart was truly a labor of love, during which she retraced every journey he made, saw every dwelling (then extant) in which he had ever lived, every theater where his works were first performed, and every library and museum where his manuscripts were then to be seen. In this eloquent work of historical reconstruction, Davenport lets her characters tell their own stories. She builds from Mozart’s infancy toward the climactic meeting in 1787 of Mozart, Lorenzo Da Ponte, and Casanova in Prague, when Don Giovanni was being written, to Mozart’s tragically early death. The result is a biography of such commanding stature that it has remained unassailable since its publication in 1932.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gives a vivid and convincing portrait of the child prodigy who developed into the man-genius, a portrait that does not romanticize Mozart too much and leaves the reader convinced of the reality of the figure with whom he has passed through a career of hard work, poverty, neglect, and few (but astounding) triumphs.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Brings a great man to life again.”

    New York Times

  • “Marcia Davenport has written a book that deserves the praise it has been given. She has steepered herself in the spirit of the time and has a great love for Mozart, and more than a dilettante’s appreciation of his music. She allows characters to speak for themselves more than many biographers do.”

    Helen Kemp, renowned children’s choir clinician

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope Huntington | 6/28/2013

    " I liked this bio of Mozart. Marcia Davenport does a good job. Lots of actual letters. More about the man, not so much about the actual music. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 6/3/2013

    " One of the best books I have ever enjoyed! Well-written, and not boring like biographies can be.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Kubat | 4/12/2013

    " Very enjoyable work by a noted author. I was a little disappointed with her treatment of Mozart's wife, the "silly Stanzi." I thought she deserved better than that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iziezi | 3/13/2013

    " I'm not sure that this is actually the specific biography that I read, but the description of the book leads me to believe that it could be. I no longer have the book. I read a biography of Mozart after being infatuated with the movie Amadeus, curious how much of the movie was true to his real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 12/31/2012

    " A good biography of mozart (There are a few). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. | 10/8/2012

    " Started out good, getting annoyed with the author's dorky writing. Had high hopes for some culture here, but it's going to be a trial to finish. . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne Carter | 9/18/2012

    " Excellent biography "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elijah Bender | 8/23/2012

    " This book was very informative about the life of W.A. Mozart, a world famous composer of the 18th century. I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael W. | 8/18/2012

    " Davenport's clear and honest portrait of Mozart debunks many of the myths surrounding the composer's life and death, many of them hyped in the film 'Amadeus'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 8/15/2012

    " An excellent, very readable, biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breena | 8/14/2012

    " Highly entertaining and informative. I always enjoy a good historical read to put composers lives in perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lily | 6/5/2012

    " Fairly heavy slogging, as I recall (20 years after having read it, or, at least, at it.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/31/2012

    " This was a great little read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene Allen | 12/3/2011

    " I warned you about the Mozart obssession.....This was a great book. Had no idea it was from 1909. "

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