Mozart: A Cultural Biography
This major work, the result of years of careful study and analysis, places Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life and music in the context of the intellectual, political and artistic currents of eighteenth-century Europe. The result is a fresh interpretation of Mozart's genius, as Robert Gutman shows the great composer in a new light. With an informed and sensitive handling, Mozart emerges as an affectionate and generous man with family and friends, self-deprecating, witty, and winsome but also an austere moralist, incisive and purposeful. The major genres in which Mozart worked-chamber music, liturgical, theater and keyboard compositions, concertos, operas, symphonies, and oratorios-are unfolded to reveal a man of luminous intellect. Mozart is an extraordinary portrait of a man and his times and a brilliant distillation of musical thought.
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Review: Mozart: A Cultural BiographyUser Review - Matt - Goodreads
A fabulous biography. In particular the exchanges from letters between Mozart and his father show the young composer's struggle to assert his independence. Gutman is very good at allowing Mozart to be ... Read full review
Review: Mozart: A Cultural BiographyUser Review - Dolores - Goodreads
I read this book or rather slogged through it. Despite the subject matter, I found that it came across as very dry and boring. Read full review