Mozart a life by peter gay pp 177 published 1999 this penguin lives book is a nice introduction in the life of arguably the best western composer in the world it covers his childhood as a father dominated prodigy his usefulness as an income producer to his family his eventual attempt at independence and his mostly but not entirely successful life as an adored composer. It offers a beautifully written and absorbing narrative of mozarts life from his birth in 1756 and childhood in salzburg to the extraordinary decade of acclaimed performances in the capitals of. Early life and works mozart most commonly called himself wolfgang amade or wolfgang gottlieb his father leopold came from a family of good standing from which he was estranged which included architects and bookbinders leopold was the author of a famous violin playing manual which was published in the very year of mozarts birth. Mozart a life is based on an unsurpassed knowledge of the documentary sources including numerous documents that have not previously appeared in any biography of the composer it offers a beautifully written and absorbing narrative of mozarts life from his birth in 1756 and childhood in salzburg to the extraordinary decade of acclaimed . The year 1784 proved the most prolific in mozarts performance life during one five week period he appeared in 22 concerts including five he produced and performed as the soloist
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