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Mozart: An Extraordinary Life


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Table of Contents

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

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

About the Author

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.


As a way of reviving and updating one's knowledge of Mozart's life, this will be difficult to surpass. * Early Music Review *
This book is one that any reader with an interest in Mozart will find hard to put down. Written with clarity and attention to detail it is a fitting tribute to a much loved genius. * Musical Opinion *
The book is an eminently readable, enjoyable and human portrayal of a composer. * The Pianist *
This deserves to be one of the most read Mozart books this year. * EPTA *
The author has done an excellent job...presented in a concise and readable style. * Stringendo *
The content is a refined, insightful and accessible study...a worthwhile, well written addition to the bulging Mozart shelves. * Classical Music *
Highly informative biography...The crisp clarity with which Rushton writes, authoritative but always accessible...entirely recommendable. * BBC Music Magazine *

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