Mozart by Paul Johnson
A Life

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An impassioned mash note to an immeasurable artist...This Mozart is not only great, but exceptionally good, a kind, warm, deeply religious, financially astute—despite Johnson's own evidence to the contrary...A hard-sell hagiography but also a compact and knowledgeable portrait of genius.
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Eminent historian Paul Johnson dazzles with a rich, succinct portrait of Mozart and his music

As he’s done in Napoleon, Churchill, Jesus, and Darwin, acclaimed historian and author Paul Johnson here 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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Paul Johnson is a historian whose work ranges across the millennia and the whole gamut of human activities. He contributes a weekly essay to "The Spectator" and a monthly column to "Forbes", and lectures around the world. He lives in London.
 
Published November 14, 2013 by Penguin Books. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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An impassioned mash note to an immeasurable artist...This Mozart is not only great, but exceptionally good, a kind, warm, deeply religious, financially astute—despite Johnson's own evidence to the contrary...A hard-sell hagiography but also a compact and knowledgeable portrait of genius.

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