Readers who think of wolfgang amadeus mozart 1756 1791 as the shrieking vulgarian depicted in peter shaffers hit play and movie amadeus will be astonished by the man they meet in this biography by music historian robert gutman affectionate and generous an austere moralist of vital force incisiveness and strength of purpose. Staggeringly intricate and often fascinating gutmans encyclopedic biography of mozarts life is both absorbing and unwieldy in equal measure parts of the book are a deep dive in to the complex politics in europe in the late 18th century while other parts of the book are a more intricate look at the characters of mozart and his father leopold. This is a superb biography dense profound vast and multi faceted as its subtitle promises it provides a fascinating cultural framework to the most complete and myth shattering portrait of mozarts character ive read so far without the use of a single cheap device it put me so close to the events that i felt i was in the houses and . Mozart a cultural biography mayr harting henry s h o rt e r n ot i c e s rightly bored with him she went off with topham beauclerk into adultery and the production of an illegitimate child none of this was exceptional in aristocratic circles but it ended in a divorce action that intrigued london
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