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Realistic, moving, engrossing and positively brilliant, this first American biography of the 18th century composer re-created Mozart--the man and his music--against the back ground of the he lived in
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Barnes & Noble (first published January 1st 1932)
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I'm not sure that this is actually the specific biography that I read, but the description of the book leads me to believe that it could be. I no longer have the book. I read a biography of Mozart after being infatuated with the movie Amadeus, curious how much of the movie was true to his real life.
Terrol Williams
While I really enjoyed this book, I have a sneaking suspicion that it played fast and loose with Mozart's life. The writer, in an effort, I suppose, to make it more true-to-life and perhaps more enjoyable reading, wrote this in kind of a novel-ish way, embellishing all kinds of situations with characters' grimaces, groans, exclamations, pacing back and forth, etc. These could hardly have been part of the historical record, so I spent too much time wondering, "Where did she get that? Can that be...more
May 02, 2008 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone!
this book is in my top ten of all time.
however it was NOT published in 1995 - but in 1932. don't know where that other info comes from.
it's challenging at times- marcia davenport often deviates into a foreign tongue without explanation, for instance. but never before have i felt like i was walking, if not in the shoes of, right behind the character in question. at least, not this vividly. i could see the buildings and sights ms. davenport describes as mozart and his father walk down the road -...more
I thought it would be interesting to learn about good ole Mozart. This is a well written biography-- Mozart had an interesting life. I really did not like his father when all was said and done. If he were to live in today's world, his father would be a classic "Hollywood" parent. Mozart had a brilliant mind but was exploited in every way by those who wanted to gain from his talent. His father was so controlling and very manipulative. Davenport uses letters sent between the two to illustrate this...more
Like others, I enjoyed this biography, though I see that she perpetuated, perhaps codified, many of the myths of Mozart that are now disputed. Nevertheless, Marcia Davenport gives a clear and lively portrait of Mozart's comings and goings-- it's a good place to start to understand the life of such a remarkable genius.

Rather than the blow by blow of where he went and what he did, however,I wish Marcia Davenport had used the many letters Mozart and his family wrote to try to analyze Mozart's crea...more
I have been a huge fan of Mozart's music for many years, but this is the first biography of his that I've read, so I don't have others to compare it to. However, I liked it, the author's style is pleasant and fat-free and his life was interesting and seemed well researched. It's kind of revolting that he had so little appreciation during his life, I thought things had been a little bit better for him in terms of renown if not financially, but such is life. I did not like his father though. All i...more
This is the definitive book on his life to read. His genius is so rare that even the best musicians and composers can't compare themselves to him. His life was truly gifted and unusual and some of the music he himself wrote he looked down on because it kept him from writing what he dreamed of . . . opera.
He died at 35 but left lots of the world's best music.
Realistic, moving, engrossing and positively brilliant, this first American biography of the 18th century composer re-created Mozart--the man and his music--against the back ground of the he lived in
Michael Kubat
Very enjoyable work by a noted author. I was a little disappointed with her treatment of Mozart's wife, the "silly Stanzi." I thought she deserved better than that.
Michael W.
Aug 31, 2007 Michael W. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Classical music fans
Shelves: biography-read
Davenport's clear and honest portrait of Mozart debunks many of the myths surrounding the composer's life and death, many of them hyped in the film 'Amadeus'.
Hope Huntington
I liked this bio of Mozart. Marcia Davenport does a good job. Lots of actual letters. More about the man, not so much about the actual music.
Started out good, getting annoyed with the author's dorky writing. Had high hopes for some culture here, but it's going to be a trial to finish. . .
Apr 11, 2013 Breena rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Highly entertaining and informative. I always enjoy a good historical read to put composers lives in perspective.
Arlene Allen
I warned you about the Mozart obssession.....This was a great book. Had no idea it was from 1909.
One of the best books I have ever enjoyed! Well-written, and not boring like biographies can be....
Fairly heavy slogging, as I recall (20 years after having read it, or, at least, at it.)
An excellent, very readable, biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
A good biography of mozart (There are a few).
This was a great little read.
Karen M
Jan 08, 2009 Karen M marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Picked up at the Big Book Sale!
Yvonne Carter
Excellent biography
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American author and music critic. She was born Marcia Glick, daughter of Bernard Glick and opera singer Alma Gluck, later stepdaughter of violinist Efrem Zimbalist when Alma Gluck remarried.

Davenport traveled extensively with her parents and was educated intermittently at the Friends School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Shipley School at Bryn Mawr. She began at Wellesley College but elope...more
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