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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.