Saturday, December 21, 2013

Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson

Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson - 176 pages

Mozart: A Life is less a biography of Mozart, as the title says, than it is a biography of the works of Mozart.  The book was light on Mozart's personal life, providing only what a reader needed to know to interpret the rest.  The bulk majority of the work discussed Mozart's compositions and their orchestration, requiring the need to know musical terminology. 

Looking at just the biographical material, I have seen older children's book that provided more details (this is written for adults).  If one is looking to understand how Mozart created his compositions, I would recommend this title.

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