A Life in Letters

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The letters of one of the world’s greatest composers

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—seen variously as a child prodigy, musical genius, tragic Romantic artist, and cultural icon—is among the most written-about of all composers. This fascinating set of his letters offers a new understanding of his life story—his marriage, compositions, performances, occasional money worries, opinions of fellow musicians, and complex relationship with his father—and a ...

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Overview

The letters of one of the world’s greatest composers

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—seen variously as a child prodigy, musical genius, tragic Romantic artist, and cultural icon—is among the most written-about of all composers. This fascinating set of his letters offers a new understanding of his life story—his marriage, compositions, performances, occasional money worries, opinions of fellow musicians, and complex relationship with his father—and a revealing portrait of both the man and the musician.

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Though Mozart's letters have been well studied, Penguin here offers a new translation that might bring some new facets of his life and compositions to light. Famous individuals' letters also humanize them, making living, breathing people out of icons.


—Michael Rogers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141441467
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/27/2007
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.89 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756—1791) is widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music.
Cliff Eisen is general editor of the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Mozart.
Stewart Spencer is an authority on German literature and an editor of the journal of the Wagner Society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    This review does not reflect on the quality of the actual book.

    This review does not reflect on the quality of the actual book.  There is a problem with the electronic version of this book.  I purchased the book for my Nook and it looks like the right book on my the Nook library. When I open the book to read it, however, the text is another book called "The Travels of SIr John Mandeville."  Therefore, it does not appear one can buy this book for a Nook until B & N fixes this issue. 

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