Liszt once said that Mozart composed more bars than a trained copyist could write in a lifetime. One of the world's most enduringly popular musicians, Mozart had a profound influence on Western music and on his contemporaries such as Beethoven and Haydn. Johnson focuses on the importance of Mozart's music, uncovering his wondrous output of composition and his gift and skill with instruments. In addition to his many insights into Mozart's music, Johnson also challenges myths about Mozart, including those about his health, religion and relationships.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Paul Johnson
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Imprint: Viking Press Inc
Dimensions: Width: 15.70cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 23.60cm
ISBN 10: 0670026379
Publication Date: 05 December 2013
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
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Praise for Mozart by Paul Johnson: Historian Johnson lauds everyone s favorite composer so as to pique the interest of every reader. . . . Johnson starts debunking myths on the first page . . . [and] they all crumble underhis commonsense presentation of evidence. An altogether excellent primer on possibly the most complete musician who ever lived. Booklist (starred review) Most satisfying . . . Ahighly accessible initial foray into an astonishing, and inexhaustible, subject. Cleveland Plain Dealer Impassioned . . . Johnson captures the depth of Mozart s achievement with a scholarly fan s . . . enthusiasm. . . . A compact and knowledgeable portrait of genius. Kirkus Reviews Johnson packs a great deal of information into these pages . . . and his grasp of Mozart's musical output is astounding, his description of Mozart's works comprehensive and enlightening. . . . This is a solid, and often fresh, introduction to the life and work of the composer. Publishers Weekly The perfect stocking stuffer . . . A portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that will give pleasure to and increase the understanding of old Mozart hands as well as those reading for the first time about the man . . . Like his latest subject, Johnson never strikes a false note. The American Spectator Excellent . . . A delightful, concise read. It's fun like listening to Mozart is. . . . To learn about the life of such a remarkable musician is a treat and a privilege. Paul Johnson has made Mozart s story accessible and rewarding. Washington Independent Review of Books This short, pithy, intelligent book will appeal to music lovers and general readers. Hudson Valley News
Paul Johnson is an acclaimed historian and author. In addition to his many biographies, his books also include A History of the American People and Modern Times. He has contributed to Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many others. He lives in London.
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