Mozart: A Life by Maynard SolomonMozart: A Life by Maynard Solomon

Mozart: A Life

byMaynard Solomon

Paperback | December 27, 2005

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On the occasion of Mozart's two hundred and fiftieth birthday, read Maynard Solomon's Mozart: A Life, universally hailed as the Mozart biography of our time.

Maynard Solomon's books on Beethoven and his renowned writings on Mozart, Schubert, and Ives led a contributor toMusic & Lettersto name him "the leading musicologist-biographer of our time." His classic biography,Beethoven, has been translated into seven languages and hisBeethoven Essaysreceived the Kinkeldey Award of the American Musi...
Title:Mozart: A LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.05 inPublished:December 27, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060883448

ISBN - 13:9780060883447

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Extraordinary, Non-Linear Biography Maynard Solomon's unique approach to Mozart's life and music combines the expected biographical information, exhaustively researched, with elements of psychoanalysis and an existentialist detective's probing curiosity in this ground-breaking bio. While this work naturally relates the events of Mozart's surprisingly troubled life in more-or-less chronological order, Solomon stops along the way to examine various verticals, such as Mozart's tortured relationship with his overbearing father (including his father's apparent adoption of his grandchild as a surrogate son); his eventual estrangement from his sister, Marianne; his penchant for mysterious riddles; his delightfully shocking sense of humor; as well as aspects of the music such as the angst and sense of loss that frequently disrupt the apparent serenity of the slow movements of many of Mozart's works. This work is unique because of Solomon's willingness to dig deep and look for connections between the psychology and inner life of the composer and his musical output.The result is that you will finish this "360 degree" biography with the extraordinary feeling that you know this composer as you never have before; that you have an understanding of him as man as well as musical genius. It is a humanizing effect that, rather than diminishing Mozart's achievement, leaves you more in awe of it. A fascinating read that I return to again and again.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice biography For anyone interested in Mozart, this is a truly comprehensive, thoroughly researched biography. It deals with many aspects, including Mozart's childhood, talent, family struggles, and personal themes.
Date published: 2017-08-10

Editorial Reviews

"Brilliant." (New York Times Book Review)