Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A Biography
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A Biography

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This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most enduringly popular and celebrated composers to have ever lived. His substantial oeuvre contains works that are considered to be among the most exquisite pieces of symphonic, chamber, and choral music ever written. His operas too cast a long shadow over those staged in their wake....more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published October 21st 2006 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mozart's 256th birthday was a few weeks ago, on January 27. When I was reminded of that on the news on the 27th, it occurred to me that despite my love of classical music and my interest in Mozart, I didn't actually know that much about him. I've seen the movie Amadeus, but it only shows one part of Mozart's life (his adulthood after marrying his wife) and I wasn't sure how accurate it was anyway. So I decided to read this biography, and to be honest, I chose this one out of all the various Moza...more
Pete D'angelo
i found it sad that mozart's genius was never really appreciated in his lifetime. and his father was exploitative and pretty awful. tho the musical environment wolfgang grew up in probably had a significant effect on the great composer he would later become. and contrary to what i've heard, he did work very hard and it seems was not nearly as frivolous as he was portrayed in the movie amadeus. tho one anecdote i liked was when mid performance he got up, jumped over a table and began to meow like...more
Othon Leon
This is the second Wolfgang Amadé Mozart biography I have read and so far, the best!

Melograni succeeds at smootlhy taking the reader from June 1765 at a London tavern (The swan) where he interpreted at the early age of 9, to Mozart's death bed in 1791 at only 35 years of age.

If yoy saw the Milos Forman's movie "Amadeus" then you have the wrong (very wrong) picture of the life of this genious and playful character.

Chapter after chapter, his works are simply and accurately described, his family af...more
Although it wasn't boring, this biography is more about where Mozart traveled, for whom he played, and how much he made. Melograni spends more time talking about money than Mozart in an effort to dispel rumors about how bad he was with his money. Other than that, this is a decent biography.
I'm not much of a biography reader and this did little to change my opinion of the genre. However, the subject matter was engaging and I did learn a great deal about Mozart's early life that I didn't know before.
Greg Collver
Very good biography. I did not agree with the author's view that Mozart's adversities in life may have contributed to the originality and greatness of his music.

This is a great biography. It doesn't read like a typical history, and really humanizes the man from the icon to a man burdened with a great gift.
An enjoyable biography on the life, travels, family relationships and musical works of perhaps the greatest composer ever.
Peter Williams
Easy and enjoyable read. Makes Mozart into a real person.
Angela Joyce
A compassionate, fair, and highly readable biography.
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