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W.A. Mozart

4.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  12 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Hermann Abert's classic biography, first published in German more than eighty years ago and itself based on the definitive mid-nineteenth century study by Otto Jahn, remains the most informed and substantial biography of Mozart in any language. The book is both the fullest account of the composer’s life and a deeply skilled analysis of his music.
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Hardcover, 1515 pages
Published November 30th 2007 by Yale University Press
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James F
Feb 04, 2015 James F rated it liked it
Shelves: history, classical, music
This is a huge book (1388 pages) which took me over a month to read. It is the classic, century-old biography of Mozart, reprinted with some factual matter updated in the footnotes; the biographical material is somewhat outdated, but the analysis of the works is great and there is much useful discussion of the other composers and trends of the time. Only for those with a serious interest in Mozart's music.
Tom Bouwman
Jul 15, 2014 Tom Bouwman rated it it was amazing
This book deserves a five star rating because it is quite simply the most profoundly complete work about Mozart ever written. It is now translated into English so that even more scholars and enthusiasts can benefit from its collective wisdom.
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Beverly
Sep 21, 2013 Beverly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: musicology
Great book, Abert's grasp of musical style change is incredible, and Eisen is great at presenting Abert's take and then his own, keeping them separate so you can see how research has evolved. Too bad the darn thing is so heavy that you need a wheeled backpack simply to carry it around - they should have issued it in two volumes.
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