Paul Johnson Mozart : A Life

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Liszt once said that Mozart composed more bars than a trained copyist could write in a lifetime. One of the world's most enduringly popular classical musicians, Mozart had a profound influence on Western music and on his contemporaries such as Beethoven and Haydn. Johnson focuses on the importance of Mozart's music, uncovering his wondrous output of composition and his gift and skill with instruments. For example, no sooner had the clarinet been invented and introduced than Mozart began playing and composing for it.

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'A rich succinct portrait of the man and his music, which uncovers his wondrous output and gift and skill with instruments.' -- The Bookseller

'Briskly, joyously even, Johnson presents a miniature portrait of Mozart as a man who was happy, healthy, energetic, prolific, occasionally short of money, virtually a model son and husband, and sincerely religious.' -- The TImes

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