Mozart The man revealed

John Suchet, 1944-

Book - 2017

We think we know the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life. Austrian-born to a tyrannical father who worked him fiercely; unhappily married to a spendthrift woman; a child-like character ill at ease amid the aristocratic splendor of the Viennese court; a musical genius who died young thus depriving the world of future glories. Yet only that last point is actually true. In this comprehensive biography, John Suchet examines the many myths and misunderstandings surrounding the world's b...est-loved composer. From his early days as a child prodigy performing for the imperial royal family in Vienna to the last months of his short life, driven to exhaustion by a punitive workload, one thing remained constant: his happy disposition. Through trials and tribulations, grand successes and disheartening setbacks, Suchet shows us the real Mozart -- blessed with an abundance of talent yet sometimes struggling to earn a living. His mischievous nature and earthy sense of humor, his ease and confidence in his own incredible abilities; these were traits that never left him. His music has brought comfort to countless generations; his life, though brief, is no less fascinating.

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New York : Pegasus Books 2017.
First Pegasus books hardcover edition
Item Description
Originally published: London : Elliott and Thompson Limited, 2016.
Physical Description
xii, 274 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-266) and index.
Main Author
John Suchet, 1944- (author)
  • The handsomest couple in Salzburg
  • The little wizard
  • The grand tour
  • Prodigies of nature
  • He is skin and bone
  • Wolfgangganggangerl
  • Chevalier de Mozart
  • Ass-bumping in Venice
  • Bravissimo Maestro!
  • Gnagflow Trazom
  • There is no vacancy
  • Wolfgang Amadé Rosenkranz
  • Off with you to Paris!
  • My dear departed Mother
  • Unlucky in love
  • A kick in the backside
  • An honest and virtuous wife
  • Return to Salzburg
  • Paternal pride
  • Womaniser, criminal and genius with words
  • The final, and greatest, symphonies
  • A stranger knocks
  • The taste of death on my tongue.
Review by Booklist Review

Suchet (Beethoven: The Man Revealed, 2013) deftly separates fact from fiction in this elegant portrait of the man behind some of the most magnificent music ever written. His lively narrative, illustrated with period drawings, sketches, and more, draws on Mozart's personal correspondence, and the composer's lively wit, earthy humor, and mischievous musings make for engaging reading. In just 35 years and 10 months, Mozart created a catalog of music that continues to provide us with solace, pleasure, and inspiration. When we deify great composers like Mozart, we forget that although they were supremely gifted and talented, they were also human beings, capable of jealousy, bad temper, and other conduct unbecoming. What distinguishes this biography from many others is Suchet's successful attempt to present a complete portrait of the man, correcting the many myths and legends that have risen up around him. As he writes, It was a brief life, but we should be eternally grateful that he lived at all. Readers will be grateful for this exquisite portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.--Mulac, Carolyn Copyright 2017 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Library Journal Review

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) is inarguably one of the two or three greatest composers. His 41 symphonies, numerous concerti for a variety of instruments, chamber works, and operas (e.g., Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute), among others, are standards of the classical repertoire and performed throughout the world. English author, TV presenter, and host on Classic FM (UK) Suchet offers his personal take-he writes in the first person-on Austria's most famous composer. The key word of the title is "man." Though the author provides informed commentary on Mozart's compositions, his focus is on the musician's life. He highlights the pervasive influence of his father, Leopold, himself an accomplished composer, until the son finally breaks away at age 25 to resume his musical development in Vienna. This biography is filled with illustrations and cultural history of the era and also humor; Suchet cites a typical letter of son to father in which Mozart complains of an uncomfortable coach ride: "I thought .I wouldn't get my rear end to Munich in one piece!" VERDICT If you're looking for a breezy and accessible introduction to Mozart, this could be the book for you. Recommended to anyone who wants to learn about Mozart's life, and who wouldn't? Scholars can pass.-Edward B. Cone, New York © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

An ideal introduction to understanding the famous composer.A British broadcaster and renowned Beethoven expert, Suchet (The Last Waltz: The Strauss Dynasty and Vienna, 2016, etc.) is a terrific guide for general readers to delve into the life, art, and times of the great composer. It's like attending a lively, entertaining, and informative lecture, with a slide show of illustrations going by in the background: here's Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791) as a young boy (Wolferl to his family), mischievously smiling, here's the 16-year-old Beethoven playing the piano for the 31-year-old Mozart, who later said, "watch out for that boy; one day he will give the world something to talk about." Suchet's aim is to truly "reveal the man," warts and all. Leopold, his always difficult, domineering father, saw the genius early on when, at age 3, Mozart could replicate what his talented older sister Nannerl was playing at the clavichord. He was soon playing the instrument (blindfolded, later), composing music, and teaching himself the violin. Leopold immediately saw a moneymaking opportunity and took both on a rigorous road tour, the first of many. Mozart was 6. Suchet notes that no "other composer travelled as much as Mozart." Overall, it was 3,720 days, nearly one-third of his life. He never attended school, was forever on display, and was often ill. He worked constantly at composing, which was "as natural as breathing." The author draws extensively on the many surviving letters to help fashion his discerning portrait of an often witty and happy genius who also delighted in the scatological. He lightly touches on many of Mozart's compositions with just the right amount of analysis and opinion. The Marriage of Figaro "would change the face of opera." Don Giovanni was his "finest, most complex, most dramatically and musically perfect opera." Jupiter, Mozart's final piece, written "with unhappiness around him," is "indisputably his greatest symphony." Rich with wit and warmth, this compact biography is thoroughly enchanting. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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