Julian Rushton jumps right into the debate with this fascinating and readable history, dispensing with the myth, conjecture ,and popular iconography that frequently distorts our notions of what Mozart and his times were really like. What emerges is a more human and believable portrait, challenging our preconceptions while deepening our understanding of this extraordinary man and his music.
Julian Rushton studied at both Cambridge and Oxford, and taught at the Universities of East Anglia and Cambridge before coming to Leeds as Professor of Music in 1982. He was President of the Royal Musical Association from 1994 to 1999. His books include Classical Music: A Concise History, handbooks on Mozart's Don Giovanni and Idomineo, and studies on Berlioz and Elgar.
1. Wunderkind (1756-1769) 2. Out of the Cage (1770-1777) 3. Flight and Recapture (1777-1781) 4. Freelance in Vienna (1781-1786) 5. Decline and Fall (1787-1791) 6. Epilogue