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Mozart: His Character, His Work

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Written by one of the world's outstanding music historians and critics, the late Alfred Einstein, this classic study of Mozart's character and works brings to light many new facts about his relationship with his family, his susceptibility to ambitious women, and his associations with musical contemporaries, as well as offering a penetrating analysis of his operas, piano mu ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published December 31st 1965 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1944)
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 01, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mozart Lovers
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Mother's book
This is more than a biography, rather this book by an acclaimed musicologist who helped revise the catalogue of Mozart's works is a guide to the meaning and background of Mozart's music. In the preface, Einstein says that the "present volume is not an introduction to Mozart's life and music. It addresses itself to readers who already know and love at least some of his works."

The book isn't structured by chronological order, but by theme. The first section of about a hundred pages is dedicated to
This book is neither a simple biography of Mozart, nor an intensive analysis of his music. It's a little bit of both.
The first parts of the book, in which the author discusses Mozart the person and the key influences on his psychological development, are unfortunately hampered by some outdated notions (the book was written in the 1940s). Einstein is clearly operating under the influence of the "Great Man" view of music history. He is obviously quite convinced that Mozart was a genius of nigh-une
Jun 14, 2007 Samantha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who really know mozart by heart
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the first 100 or so pages is an excellent account of the the care and fostering given to the boy genius. you learn the basics of his life and how freakin good he is. the rest of the book is an exhausting dissection of the musical themes and influences. unless you have his full catalogue in front of you, able to listen to at a moment's notice, all this analysis is very frustrating. i stopped halfway through because i did not have all of his recordings available. but good, nonetheless.
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