A Prodigy's Quest for Self-Determination
Merle Rubin. Merle Rubin regularly reviews books for the Monitor., The Christian Science Monitor
Complex, subtle, filled with brilliant, intricately-wrought designs that dazzled and sometimes baffled its first audiences, the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is also brimming with a joyful exuberance and an exceptional beauty that can enchant even the untrained ear. Innocent yet sophisticated, elegant yet heartfelt, his music transcends attempts to label it.
Mozart's life, however, has too readily been reduced to over-simplification and mythology. The image of Mozart as a sort of divinely inspired nincompoop popularized by Peter Shaffer's play "Amadeus" is perhaps the extreme culmination of a more respectable biographical tradition that tended to view the …
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Publication information: Article title: A Prodigy's Quest for Self-Determination. Contributors: Merle Rubin. Merle Rubin regularly reviews books for the Monitor. - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: March 2, 1995. Page number: 11. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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