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  • Series: Master Musicians (Hardcover Oxford)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1ST edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195182642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195182644
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,517,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An achievement of real distinction.... Rushton unfailingly captures the right tone, rendering his book accessible to the general Mozart lover and at the same time satisfying to the Mozart scholar.... This is a book to relish."--John Irving, Eighteenth-Century Music

"An exceptional book. Rushton's Mozart is a practical guide for both the general reader and scholar. The biography is fluent, easy to understand, and supplies many updated resources. He offers a concise and up-to-date biography while meeting his objective of supplying an introduction and guide to the works.This is a well researched book that will serve as a practical guide for both the general reader and scholar."--Jonathan Ng, Choral Journal

"Crisp, learned."--Alex Ross, The New Yorker

"The finest short biography of Mozart that I know--incisive, insightful, and elegantly written. If I had to recommend one book that explained the man and his music, this would be it."--Cliff Eisen, Department of Music, King's College London

"A crisp account of the composer's career, with many musical examples.... Rushton is direct, impersonal and authoritative, as befits a brief but learned introductory life. Not that he doesn't offer anecdotal material to keep the more casual reader entertained."--Michael Dirda, Washington Post

"Always sensitive, judicious, and stimulating. It is too short--not too short for Mozart but for Rushton, who has certainly much more to say that would be of interest."--Charles Rosen, The New York Review of Books

"A splendid introduction to Mozart's life and works--carefully organized, sensibly argued, and lucidly written. Rushton brings his vast knowledge of Mozart into the biographical arena and succeeds admirably in writing for both the layman and the connoisseur of Mozart's music." --Simon P. Keefe, Professor of Music at City University London, and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Mozart and The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia

"A valuable addition to the ever-growing literature on Mozart."--Library Journal

"Rushton has pulled off something as brilliant as it is implausible: a perfectly judicious account of the life of the composer." --Bookpage

"Rushton's account is succinct yet thorough, covering key areas such as the composer's relationship with freemasonry and his attitudes toward his contemporaries."--Andrew Farach-Colton

"Elegantly straightforward, engaging and informative, thought-provoking and enlightening, and informed by a lifetime's scholarship and love, this is perhaps the finest concise study of Mozart and his music yet written." --Piano Magazine

About the Author

Julian Rushton is Emeritus West Riding Professor of Music at the University of Leeds. He has published widely, especially on Gluck, Mozart, Berlioz, and Elgar. He was President of the Royal Musical Association 1994-9, editor of Cambridge Music Handbooks, and is Chairman of the Editorial Committee of Musica Britannica.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lili on February 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
This Book is a very good book! I checked out lots of books of the library and this book is a VERY GOOD MOZART BOOK! I personally will buy this when I can.. I have it in my Wishlist. (I don't have enough money to buy it now).. So I rate this book ***** (5) Stars! IF YOU WANT YOU CAN BUY IT FOR ME, IT IS NO PROBLEM.
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tom h. on January 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you are like me and have seen and enjoyed the Mozart operas and own a few CD's of his music, but cannot read music then this book is not for you. If you want to know more about Mozart the man, look elswhere as Rushton skips over details the layman might wish to know more about only to get to analyses. I wouldn't know if it is in depth or not.
The biographical information the author does relay is informative, though bland and colorless.
I wouldn't recommend this book to any but aspiring or professional classical musicians as they would be able to glean much more information from it than I, but even then, I would cite this book as an example of what is wrong with classical music and its fandom today. It completely strips ALL emotion from one of the most emotional composers who ever lived and tries to reduce him and his music to technicalities and forgets why the reader or listener chooses W.A. Mozart over his contemporaries in the first place. In short the book has no heart.
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