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Mozart's Letters, Mozart's Life

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"Mozart's honesty, his awareness of his own genius and his contempt for authority all shine out from these letters."—Sunday Times  (London). " In Mozart's Letters, Mozart's Life, Robert Spaethling presents "Mozart in all the rawness of his driving energies" (Spectator), preserved in the "zany, often angry effervescence" of his writing (Observer). Where other translators ha ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published December 17th 2005 by W. W. Norton Company (first published August 2000)
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Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to any book on Mozart I can be quite skeptical although I can't say that I'm an expert on ANYTHING. I am this way when it comes to finding the perfect opera recording as well.....and so on and so forth....But I can honestly say that i couldn't be happier with this translation. It almost reads like an autobiography. The annotations, commentaries and introductions are convienient as well.

An ABSOLUTE must read for Mozart fans!
Lara Marshall
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Invaluable read. Amazing. Beautiful and accurate word for word translations. Excellent notes. It feels almost wrong reading someone else's mail, but I feel like now I know Mozart as if I had known him in person.
Jessica May
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book giving an incredible insight into Mozart's life. He was witty, cheeky and his genius shows no end. Endlessly desperate to please his father, many of the letters show their conversation. I very very much enjoyed this.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book which has a subject that attracts me, but probably would never buy by myself. Luckily I received it as a gift, and what a wonderful read it was.

As an admirer of Mozart’s music and so far of being an expert on the matter, I read a couple of short biographies in the past. On the other side, I have never have experienced any long epistolary account. I always felt that letters did present a deviated version of the facts, almost with an advertising halo over themselves by def
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the man was simply a genius. I have been interested in his life ever since watching the wondeful film 'Amadeus'

I bought this book on the recommendation of my wife who said Mozart used to write some outrageous funny things in his letters and they were worth reading.

Admitedly some of Mozarts letters do contain some funny passages but by and large the letters are boring. They contain the sort of content anyone would write in a letter to ones family, what
Tom Bouwman
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
"The perfect way to get started". By reading Mozart's letters in chronological order the reader not only learns about the big and small events in Mozart's life, but also gets a unique insight into the composers personality. Verry informative and an aboslute trhill to read.
Jun 28, 2007 marked it as to-read
...apparently he was quite funny!
Sofia Ahmad
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A marvellous book
The Cute Little Brown-haired girl
I'd like to know Mozart wrote besides music. I think we would have been fabulous friends had I been alive back then.
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is so much fun ... Mozart's letters to his sister
are outrageous.
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