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Mozart: an extraordinary life (An Extraordinary Life (ABRSM)) [Paperback]

Julian Rushton
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27 Oct 2005 An Extraordinary Life (ABRSM)
Julian Rushton jumps right into the debate with this fascinating and readable history, dispensing with the myth, conjecture ,and popular iconography that frequently distorts our notions of what Mozart and his times were really like. What emerges is a more human and believable portrait, challenging our preconceptions while deepening our understanding of this extraordinary man and his music.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (27 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860964192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860964190
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a way of reviving and updating one's knowledge of Mozart's life, this will be difficult to surpass. (Early Music Review )

This book is one that any reader with an interest in Mozart will find hard to put down. Written with clarity and attention to detail it is a fitting tribute to a much loved genius. (Musical Opinion )

The book is an eminently readable, enjoyable and human portrayal of a composer. (The Pianist )

This deserves to be one of the most read Mozart books this year. (EPTA )

The author has done an excellent job...presented in a concise and readable style. (Stringendo )

The content is a refined, insightful and accessible study...a worthwhile, well written addition to the bulging Mozart shelves. (Classical Music )

Highly informative biography...The crisp clarity with which Rushton writes, authoritative but always accessible...entirely recommendable. (BBC Music Magazine )

About the Author

Julian Rushton studied at both Cambridge and Oxford, and taught at the Universities of East Anglia and Cambridge before coming to Leeds as Professor of Music in 1982. He was President of the Royal Musical Association from 1994 to 1999. His books include Classical Music: A Concise History, handbooks on Mozart's Don Giovanni and Idomineo, and studies on Berlioz and Elgar.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute to a genius 18 April 2006
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This slim, 118 page volume, contains a finely researched discourse on the life of Mozart, his music, employers, families and friends, finances and the societal milieu in which these all coexist. Questions that have caused a stir in the past are here answered in a way that puts ghosts to rest, such as the events surrounding his death. All the facts and suppositions are supported or explained in footnotes on each page with advice as to where you can attempt your own research on any aspect.

Julian Rushton has added an important resource to those of us devoted to Mozart's works. I especially liked his statement that: "One of the more interesting changes in the twentieth century was the view, still prevalent, that Mozart's sonatas are only simple to a beginner, whereas a mature musician will find them almost too difficult for public performance: such is their clarity that every note must be calculated to a nicety (because every note will be heard) without losing the effect of spontaneity."

Illustrated by copies of original receipts, pictures, scores and letters this book is one that any reader with an interest in Mozart will find hard to put down. Written with clarity and attention to detail it is a fitting tribute to a much loved genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book 10 Dec 2011
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Interesting, refreshing look at Mozart's life from a slightly different angle.
Very well written and very readable with really good references to his works which has inspired me to listen to more of his music which I have not yet discovered.
If a book makes you do that, it must be good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow it was good 14 Feb 2013
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Brilliant, learnt a lot Brilliant book, really enjoyed it. We need more books like this one. Very clear and easy to understand and so informative.
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