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Mozart. A life.

Author: Paul Johnson
Publisher: New York : Viking 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Eminent historian Paul Johnson dazzles with a rich, succinct portrait of Mozart and his Music. Acclaimed historian and author Paul Johnson 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Johnson
ISBN: 9780670026371 0670026379
OCLC Number: 864429393
Description: 176 pages
Contents: Machine generated contents note: One. The "Miracle" Prodigy --
Two. Master of Instruments --
Three. A Married Composing Machine --
Four. Mozart's Operatic Magic --
Five. A Good Life Fully Lived.
Responsibility: Paul Johnson.

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Eminent historian Paul Johnson dazzles with a rich, succinct portrait of Mozart and his Music. Acclaimed historian and author Paul Johnson 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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