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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (29 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783962933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783962938
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 2.9 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A lively read" -- <i?Financial Times Best Books of 2016

"John Suchet's book on the life of Mozart is a wonderfully enticing narrative, and a vivid account of the personalities and times which shaped a genius" -- Andrew Cornall, Artistic Consultant, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

"In Mozart: The Man Revealed John Suchet has brought Mozart affectionately and vividly to life. This is not only hugely interesting and entertaining for the general reader - it also offers an extremely useful perspective for the performing musician." -- David Murphy, music director, Sinfonia Verdi

"A must for anyone who enjoys Mozart's music…. Gently challenging many of the common misconceptions held about Mozart's life, this book allows the reader to appreciate the genius of his music at a higher level than before…. John Suchet's book is one to which I shall often refer as I continue to explore Mozart's music" -- Iain Stewart MP

"A fascinating read … a revealing insight into the trials and tribulations of being a boy genius, the demands of a domineering and at times zealous father, and the sheer intensity of his travelling life as a musical prodigy - John Suchet tells the story boldly and passionately. I learnt a great deal from this book - definitely one for all to read!" -- James Clark, Joint Leader, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

"However well you think you know the story of the boy genius who died tragically young, read this deeply researched, gripping account of the creative spirit behind the music and you will see him with fresh eyes. Suchet is a natural storyteller steeped in the drama of Mozart's short life who writes with verve and passion and (best of all) wears his knowledge lightly." --Anne Sebba, author of Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s

"An admirably written work of fascinating flair, vitality, enthusiasm and wide ranging facts about the great composer … very educational yet refreshingly entertaining" -- John Lill CBE

"The heart-rending story of Mozart's all-too-brief life is compellingly told by Suchet. He sweeps the reader along with his gripping and vivid narrative and, while being deeply compassionate towards his subject, he does not shy away from exploring the difficult aspects of Mozart's personality. Suchet's book does what all good composer biographies should do - it makes you want to rush out and listen to the music. Sumptuously illustrated, it's easy to see this book being on many a music lover's Christmas list!" -- Margaret Fingerhut, Professor of Piano, Trinity Laban Conservatoire

"Reading John's luxurious book made me drop everything I was doing and rush to the piano to play as much Mozart as I could manage. It was a roller coaster of a life and John has written a thrilling account of it." --Carl Davis, composer and conductor

"Working in the music business several decades you think you have learnt many things about Mozart over the years - but no, John has yet again proved that I still have much to learn about Mozart - the man. … John's style brings the era to life, with his wide span of background knowledge underpinned by a professional journalistic life, this is the only book to own if you want to get to know Wolfgang Amadeus!" -- Sandra Parr, Artistic Planning Director (Orchestra and Ensembles), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

"John Suchet holds in superb balance the great paradoxes between the earthiness of this quirky, foppish youth and narration of his sheer genius and incredible industry; in doing so, he dispels many of the myths surrounding this extraordinary life. No dry, boring tome here; it reads like an excellent and, at times, racy novel. An absolute 'must-have' for every music-lover's library" --Professor Dr. Ian Tracey, DL, Organist, The City of Liverpool

About the Author

John Suchet presents Classic FM's flagship morning programme, from 9am every weekday. His informative style of presentation, coupled with a deep knowledge of classical music, has won a wide spectrum of new listeners to the station. Before turning to classical music, John was one of the UK's best-known television journalists. As a reporter for ITN he covered world events, including the Iran revolution, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Philippines revolution. He then became a newscaster, regularly presenting ITN's flagship News at Ten, as well as all other bulletins, over a period of nearly twenty years.

John has been honoured for both roles. In 1986 he was voted Television Journalist of the Year, in 1996 Television Newscaster of the Year, and in 2008 the Royal Television Society awarded him its highest accolade, a Lifetime Achievement Award. John has been given an honorary degree by his old university, the University of Dundee, and in 2001 the Royal Academy of Music awarded him an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his work on Beethoven, having written six books on the composer, including the highly acclaimed Beethoven: The Man Revealed (2012). His bestselling biography of the Strauss family, The Last Waltz: The Strauss Dynasty and Vienna, was published in 2015.


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I have previously read Suchet's trilogy on the life of Beethoven. I found those books to be eminently readable and highly informative. His life of Mozart is also easy to read, but I found the content to be somewhat "thinner". Suchet freely acknowledges that much of his source material came from other authors, and the core facts of the biography depend on letters written by Mozart or members of his family. Thus, the overall impression is of a slightly second hand biography, and at no time do we discover whether Suchet was able to read the original German letters for himself. He uses a curious maneuver by which he extracts quotes from the book and separates them into paragraphs or lines in parentheses. I do not think this added anything. My overwhelming emotion as I read the book was sadness despite being well aware of Mozart's early death. Set against his astonishing genius the timing of his tragic death is hard to cope with. Suchet was correct in assuming that much of my previous knowledge of Mozart came from the film "Amadeus" and I was pleased to discover that the story of Mozart being placed in a pauper's grave is false.
One great asset that Suchet brings to a biography of a musical great is that Suchet himself has considerable musical knowledge as well as practical skill. This allows him to offer personal insights into individual pieces. I found this very helpful, so much so that when I read of a particular piece, I listened to it on my i-pad before continuing with the narrative.
I accept that the role of Mozart's father was very important in the life of Mozart, but I did wonder if it was slightly overdone because Suchet was so dependent on letters as his source material.
An easily read biography, perhaps most useful for someone who loves music and history, but is not an authority on either.
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I love listening to Classic FM and even though I know which pieces of music I like to listen to, I find that I know very little about the lives of the great composers who wrote the music I love. In these days of quick fix information it's very easy just to search the internet for snippets of information as you need it, but nothing beats the look and feel of a really good biography. Mozart: The Man Revealed by John Suchet is a wonderful glossy biography to immerse yourself in, and as you read on, the here and now disappears, and you are quietly transported back to a wonderful time of musical soirées in the opulent salons of eighteenth century Europe.

The life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, from his birth in in Salzburg in January 1756, through to his untimely demise in Prague, aged just thirty five in 1791, is covered in fine detail. Each of the twenty-three chapters which make up the bulk of the work have delightfully descriptive headings, I think my favourites have to be those titles which head chapter 8 “Ass-Bumping in Venice", and the delightfully quirky heading for chapter 10, "Gnagflow Trazom", which I'll let you work out for yourself! John Suchet writes with such warmth and wit about this great composer but isn't afraid to show the man behind the genius, warts and all, which comes across when describing Mozart's rather salacious communication with his nineteen year old cousin, Maria Anna Mozart. I loved the way the biography flowed beautifully and was gilded with an assortment of delightful illustrations and documents which highlight Mozart’s complex and fascinating life.
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I HAVE MANY BOOKS ABOUT MOZART IN MY LIBARY. THIS BOOK IS WELL PUT TOGETHER AND GOES INTO GREAT DETAIL ABOUT THE COMPOSERS LIFE FROM A YOUNG CHILD UNTIL HIS UNTIMELY DEATH AT THE AGE OF 35. JOHN SUCHET SHOULD BE CONGATULATED ON WRITING A GREAT BOOK.
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As always, John Suchet writes in an informative and entertaining way. Mozart's story is far more complex than many would imagine! I won't spoil it, but will leave it to the reader.
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Arrived on time and it has not disappointed. A really good insight into the personality of Mozart and social history. Extremely well written and easy to read.
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I read this book so quickly because it was easy to read, engaging and informative. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Mozart and his life.
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A splendid book. It has gone very well as a present.
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This book was a present for my birthday and is the sequel to John Suchet's previous book on Beethoven which I also enjoyed. It is well-written and researched and gives you a real insight into Mozart's life and work. It is also a book you want to keep as it is beautifully presented with lots of interesting illustrations. I thoroughly recommend it!
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