Mozart by Jan Swafford audiobook

Mozart: The Reign of Love

By Jan Swafford
Read by Tim Campbell

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062433572


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Runtime: 30.38 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English



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From the acclaimed composer and biographer Jan Swafford comes the definitive biography of one of the most lauded musical geniuses in history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. At the earliest ages it was apparent that Wolfgang Mozart’s singular imagination was at work in every direction. He hated to be bored and hated to be idle, and through his life he responded to these threats with a repertoire of antidotes mental and physical. Whether in his rabidly obscene mode or not, Mozart was always hilarious. 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 who could grasp your hand and look at you with a profound, searching, and melancholy look in his blue eyes. Even in company 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 Beethoven and Johannes Brahms, Mozart 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Swafford traces Mozart’s development from prodigy to mature composer, weaving together the events of Mozart’s life and the cultural milieu in which he worked…Heartily recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“If tackling an 832-page biography of anybody seems daunting for the general reader, Swafford makes it almost effortless with Mozart, animating his genius.” Booklist (starred review)
“This is an excellent book on Mozart for both musicians and the general reader.” Washington Post
“It is a great pleasure to read about Mozart as a working composer in a narrative written by a working composer….aided by a dexterous use of Mozart’s correspondence and a deep knowledge of how music came about during the 18th century.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Describing music, Mr. Swafford the novelist often becomes Mr. Swafford the poet, finding the impeccable image or unforgettable turn of phrase… [Mozart is a] conversation he so irresistibly invites us to join.” Wall Street Journal
“Composer and biographer Swafford brings expertise and insight to bear on a comprehensive, animated life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.” Kirkus Reviews



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Author Bio: Jan Swafford

Author Bio: Jan Swafford

Jan Swafford is an award-winning composer and the author of Johannes Brahms: A Biography, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and Charles Ives: A Life with Music, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the PEN/Winship Award. Swafford teaches music history, theory, and composition at the Boston Conservatory.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 30.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English