9780141441467

A Life in Letters

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  • ISBN13:

    9780141441467

  • ISBN10:

    0141441461

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-03-27
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Summary

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) - seen variously as child prodigy, musical genius, tragic Romantic artist and cultural icon - is among the most written-about of all composers. This landmark new selection of letters tells Mozart's story afresh through his correspondence. In contrast to many earlier editions, it contains not only his own, sometimes affectionate, sometimes fraught, writings to family, friends and his wife Constanze, but also many of his father Leopold's regular letters to his son and written descriptions of Mozart's dazzling court recitals. Offering a fascinating insight into Mozart's compositions, performances and opinions of fellow musicians, his marriage, his complex relationship with his father, and his occasional money worries, these letters form a revealing portrait of both the man and the musician.

Author Biography

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music.
Cliff Eisen is general editor of the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Mozart.
Stewart Spencer is an authority on German literature and an editor of the journal of the Wagner Society.

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