The Life of Mozart Including His Correspondence

The Life of Mozart Including His Correspondence

The Life of Mozart Including His Correspondence Published in as the first adequate account of Mozart to appear in English Holmes biography also was the first to be based upon Mozart s letters and the memoirs written following the composer s d

  • Title: The Life of Mozart Including His Correspondence
  • Author: Edward Holmes Christopher Hogwood
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Published in 1845 as the first adequate account of Mozart to appear in English, Holmes biography also was the first to be based upon Mozart s letters and the memoirs written following the composer s death in 1791 Writing just before vast changes would occur, Holmes describes music as it must have appeared to the cultured and liberal minds of his era.

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    In 1781 Mozart had to prepare on short notice for a concert in Vienna at which three of his new works would be premiered. One of them was a sonata for clavier and violin “which I composed between eleven and twelve [the night before the event]; but in order to be ready, wrote out only the violin part for Brunetti, and retained my own in my head…” This is what genius looks like. Unfortunately for Mozart, he wasn’t paid for this concert. His patron, the prince-archbishop of Salzburg, was a [...]

    For an almost 170 year old book, this one has held up quite well. I'm not a big fan of classical music, but I do appreciate it, and I appreciated the movie "Amadeus" for it's humor and it's depiction of the at times manic Mozart. I got some of that sense from this book as well - some of the bits from the movie were pulled from this book, including the famous line from an early benefactor that his music had "too many notes". This book does spend a lot of time on his early years, quite possibly be [...]

    I probably enjoyed this one more because I adore Mozart, but I still think it was an amazing history of an extremely talented person. I particularly enjoyed as Mozart's father, Leopold discovers his son's talent at the early age of 4. He sees his son copying notes while writing a concerto. After Leopold's friend laughingly said "no on could play the concerto because it was too difficult," Mozart played it on the piano. Now if I could only go to Salzburg :)

    I'm conceding defeat here. I hearby add this book to the handful of books I've given up on in my life.To be fair, this is an audio book and the problem may be with the narrator - very nasally British voice - sounds almost like a caricature of a British butler.The story of Mozart's life IS fascinating - but the numerous - and oven dull - details became too much to bear after 5 hours of listening.

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