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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics (15 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596051477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596051478
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,348,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This 1845 biography of Mozart by the music journalist Edward Holmes was the first to be published in English. It is based on a study of the available printed materials and primary sources including letters by Mozart (which Holmes translated for this volume) and some of the autograph manuscripts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HORAK on 19 Aug. 2007
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This book was originally published in 1845 and remains to this day a work of reference. It portrays all the essential stations in the life of this composer of great genius. The reason why Holmes's biography is so valuable is no doubt the fact that the author uses large excerpts of Mozart's correspondence and his letters give precious information about the man himself. Edward Holmes then adds precious data concerning dates, names, musicians, places and customs of the late 18th century.
There is also an appendix listing all of Mozart's works and their date of composition as well as a useful index.
The book is masterfully read by David Case for Tantor Media.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Stevenson on 24 Jan. 2014
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As a previous reviewer has stated, this is an ideal book of reference since so much of Mozart's own correspondence is included. But the book is more than that because the prose is a joy to read. Holmes was a near contemporary of Mozart, or at least closely associated with people who had known him in life, and he lays to rest several canards concerning the composer and his family. The modern Introduction also does a fine job in demolishing the slanders (political and sexual)imagined and embellished by German and American films and plays about the composer. Highly recommended.
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The choice biography of Mozart 19 Aug. 2007
By HORAK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was originally published in 1845 and remains to this day a work of reference. It portrays all the essential stations in the life of this composer of great genius. The reason why Holmes's biography is so valuable is no doubt the fact that the author uses large excerpts of Mozart's correspondence and his letters give precious information about the man himself. Edward Holmes then adds precious data concerning dates, names, musicians, places and customs of the late 18th century.
There is also an appendix listing all of Mozart's works and their date of composition as well as a useful index.
The book is masterfully read by David Case for Tantor Media.
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The Most Accurate Essay on Mozart 18 Feb. 2014
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This is an excellent read. So many individuals have painted Mozart into some sort of lunatic/genius which is not anywhere close to the truth about a truly amazing individual. This is the first biography on Mozart published in 1845
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A bit murky but fascinating nevertheless. 19 Aug. 1999
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I am currently listeing to this novel on tape and have found it fascinating. While it is complicated, and as I said a bit murky, I strongly reccomend it to anyone interested in this composer's history.
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