Mozart: The Reign of Love (Paperback)

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Mozart: The Reign of Love (Paperback)
by Jan Swafford

At the earliest age, it was apparent that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s singular imagination was at work in every direction. He hated to be bored and hated to be idle, and throughout his life he responded to these threats with a repertoire of antidotes both mental and physical. He went at every piece of his life, and perhaps most notably his social life, with tremendous gusto. His circle of friends and patrons was wide, encompassing anyone who appealed to his boundless appetites for music and all things pleasurable and fun.

Mozart was known to be an inexplicable force of nature who could rise from a luminous improvisation at the keyboard to a leap over the furniture. He was forever drumming on things, tapping his feet, jabbering away, but could grasp your hand and look at you with a profound, searching, and melancholy look in his blue eyes. There was often an air about Mozart of being not quite there. It was as if he lived onstage and off simultaneously, a character in life’s tragicomedy but also outside of it watching, studying, gathering material for the fabric of his art.

Like Jan Swafford’s biographies of Beethoven and Johannes Brahms, Mozart: The Reign of Love is the complete exhumation of a genius in his life and ours: a man who would enrich the world with his talent for centuries to come and who would immeasurably shape classical music. As Swafford reveals, it’s nearly impossible to understand classical music’s origins and indeed its evolutions, as well as the Baroque period, without studying the man himself.

  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (December 7, 2021)
  • Dimensions: 5.3” W x 2” D x 8” H


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Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.

 

 

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