Few classical music figures have captured the public's imagination like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This is due not only to the indisputable greatness of his music but also to the fascinating story of his life. However, the details of this story have become caught up in layers of legend over the years, perhaps most notably in the brilliant but largely fictional film Amadeus.
In Mozart: An Introduction to the Music, the Man, and the Myths, author Roye E. Wates aims to peel back these layers and reveal what is really known about the composer. What emerges is a portrait of a musician far richer and more complex than the caricature so familiar in popular culture. This book offers extensive biographical and historical background---debunking many well-established Mozart myths---including a generous sampling of letters by Mozart and his family. Also featured are guided studies of compositions representing every genre of eighteenth-century music: opera, concerto, symphony, church music, divertimento and serenade, sonata, and string quartet. These works are placed in the context of the composer's tragically brief life and the turbulent times in which he lived.
Both enlightening and accessible, Mozart: An Introduction to the Music, the Man, and the Myths provides a unique combination of biographical detail, up-to-date research, detailed musical analyses, and clear definitions of terms. It will appeal to all readers, including non-musicians, seeking to deepen their technical appreciation for Mozart's music while learning more about the man who continues to captivate listeners to this day.