Synopses & Reviews
Most satisfying . . . A highly accessible initial foray into an astonishing, and inexhaustible, subject.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Mozarts music has enthralled listeners for centuries. In this brilliant biography, acclaimed historian Paul Johnson draws upon his expert knowledge of the era and Mozarts own private letters to conjure Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts life and times in rich detail. Johnson charts Mozarts life from age three through to his later yearswhen he penned The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. Along the way, Johnson challenges some of the popular myths that cloud Mozarts image: his allegedly tempestuous personal relationships and supposedly bitter rivalry with Salieri, as well as the notion that he was desperately impoverished when he died. The resulta bold, invigorating portrait of one of the most popular and influential composers of all timeis a welcome addition to Johnsons extraordinary body of work and makes a perfect gift for classical music lovers and fans of biographies.
About the Author
Paul Johnson's many books, including A History of Christianity, A History of the Jews, Modern Times, Churchill, and Napoleon: A Penguin Life, have been hailed as masterpieces of historical analysis. He is a regular columnist for Forbes and The Spectator, and his work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many others publications. He lives in London.