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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Holmes Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781400181216
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In his timeless biography—written long before the significance of Mozart’s work was fully realized—author Edward Holmes reveals the musician’s character and genius, his struggles, his influence on art, and the brilliant reputation that surrounded him. Published in 1845 as the first authentic narrative of the life of Mozart to appear in English, it was also the first biography after the composer’s death in 1791 to be based upon his letters. Holmes’ exploration of Mozart’s work comes from the perspective of a cultured mind of the era.

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About the Author

Edward Holmes (1797–1859), originally a student of music, became a writer specializing in musical criticism. A pupil of Vincent Novello, he came to know Shelley, Hazlitt, Leigh Hunt, and Charles Lamb, as well as Attwood, Cramer, and Mendelssohn. These influences, together with his enthusiasm for Mozart and Bach, formed the basis of his critical stance. Among his books are A Ramble among the Musicians of Germany and the pioneering The Life of Mozart. He also contributed significantly to such journals as the Atlas, the Spectator, Fraser’s Magazine, and Musical Times, giving English music criticism technical authority and intellectual respectability.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.