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.
Hardcover, 1515 pages
Published November 30th 2007 by Yale University Press
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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.