Synopses & Reviews
Mozart's unshakable hold on the public's fascination can only be strengthened by the historian and biographer Peter Gay's new perspective. His passionate and painstaking research reveals truths more fascinating than the myths that have long shrouded the maestro's life. Here is the archetypal child prodigy whose genius triumphed over early precociousness, and who later broke away from a loving but tyrannical father to pursue his vision unhampered. Peter Gay's Mozart traces the legendary development of the man whose life was a whirlwind of achievement, and the composer who pushed every instrument to its limit and every genre - especially opera - into new realms. Peter Gay's Mozart illuminates both the man and the age with the eloquent economy that will introduce to a new generation of readers this once popular literary form.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 173-177) and index.
About the Author
Peter Gay is Sterling Professor of History, Emeritus, at Yale University, author of thirty-two widely respected books, and winner of the National Book Award for his definitive work on the Enlightenment.