Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the great icons of Western music. An amazing prodigy-he toured the capitals of Europe while
still a child, astonishing royalty and professional musicians with his precocious skills-he wrote as an adult some of the
finest music in the entire European tradition.
Julian Rushton offers a concise and up-to-date biography of this
musical genius, combining a well-researched life of the composer with an introduction to the works-symphonic, chamber, sacred,
and theatrical-of one of the few musicians in history to have written undisputed masterpieces in every genre open to composers
of his time. Rushton offers a vivid portrait of the composer, ranging from Mozart the Wunderkind-travelling with his family
from Salzburg to Vienna, Paris, London, Rome,
and Milan-to the mature author of such classic works as "The Marriage of
Figaro", "Don Giovanni", and "The Magic Flute". During the past half-century, scholars have thoroughly explored Mozart's life
and music, offering new interpretations of his compositions based on their historical context and
providing a factual
basis for confirming or, more often, debunking fanciful accounts of the man and his work. Rushton takes full advantage of
these biographical and musical studies as well as the definitive New Mozart Edition to provide an accurate account of Mozart's
life and, equally important, an insightful look at the music itself, complete with musical examples.
biography for general readers that will also be an informative resource for scholars, this new addition to the prestigious
Master Musicians series offers an authoritative portrait of one of the defining figures of European culture.