Mozart was not only an extraordinary musical genius but a man who lived through the great change from the old society to the modern one in which we still live.
He was one of the "new men" of the age - his music gives voice to anxieties and consolations that are still ours.
This biography sets Mozart's life within the history of an age plunging into revolution and European war. Avoiding guesswork, it probes his crucial relationships with his father, his wife and his employer. It studies - in depth though in nontechnical language - characteristic examples of his music and asks what they can tell us about their author and ourselves.
About the Author
John Rosselli was in the editorial staff on the Manchester Guardian from 1951 to 1964, becoming Reader in History at the University of Sussex from 1964 to 1989. He is author of The Opera Industry in Italy From Cimarosa to Verdi, Singers of Italian Opera and has written The Life of Bellini in the series Musical Lives.
'I'm impressed. Rosselli has something to say and the skill to write fluently and clearly ... the author writes sensibly about Mozart's life and in amazingly few words reminds us of what the music can mean.' Early Music Review 'No-one is better qualified to set the material in proper perspective than John Rosselli. As in his previous books he brings to his subject all the skills of a professional historian, adept at sifting and weighing evidence ... the book is a triumph, and one which leaves its successors in the series much to live up to.' Julian Budden, Opera 'The seven crisp, lucid and learned chapters of this wonderful book dispel the clouds and put the man in perspective for us; Mozart, his time and his music seen together, and as arising from each other.' Jill Paton Walsh, The Tablet ' ... an extremely useful and, for its pages, remarkably thorough introduction to Mozart's life and work.' Sophie Fuller, Times Literary Supplement