Mozart by Peter Gay
A Penguin Life (Penguin Lives)

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A biography of the greatest musical mind in Western history

Mozart's unshakable hold on the public's consciousness can only be strengthened by historian and biographer Peter Gay's concise and deft look at the genius's life. Mozart traces the development of the man whose life was a whirlwind of achievement, and the composer who pushed every instrument to its limit and every genre of classical music into new realms.


About Peter Gay

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Peter Gay is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time. He lives in New York City.
Published June 1, 1999 by Penguin Books. 177 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In the new Penguin Lives series, edited by former New York Times editor James Atlas, Gay's Mozart biography comes with particularly high expectations, given the author's distinction as a historian (he

May 31 1999 | Read Full Review of Mozart: A Penguin Life (Pengu...

Huffington Post

NEW YORK — "La Clemenza di Tito," written just months before Mozart's death in 1791, is a curiosity among his operas, a throwback to an archaic style he had moved beyond.

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London Review of Books

Mozart the letter-writer, like Mozart the composer of virtually every form and species of music, is the supreme non-bore.

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London Review of Books

Perhaps the avowedly Freudian slant of Brigid Brophy in Mozart the Dramatist, and the authorship of another of the books by a well-known editor of Freud, Alan Tyson – although it does not contain a single mention of Freud – are thought sufficient grounds for his selection as reviewer.

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The New York Review of Books

This needs to be faced up to in any Mozart biography, and indeed there is a book, The Mozart Myths, by William Stafford, in which biographers are assessed and categorized according to their treatment of this very matter.1 David Schroeder will have none of it;

Mar 23 2000 | Read Full Review of Mozart: A Penguin Life (Pengu...

Time Out New York

The film's dogged repetitions regarding Nannerl's real-life raw deal dilute the reparative nature of the story after a while, and not even the movie's grainy, retro--art-cinema look can keep viewers from gradually tuning out.

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