A biography of Mozart, placing his life within the history of his revolutionary age.
This biography sets Mozart's life within the history of an age plunging into revolution and European war. Staying with known facts, it probes his crucial relationships with his father, his wife, and his employer. It studies--in depth though in nontechnical language--characteristic examples of Mozart's music and asks what they can tell us about their author and ourselves. 20 photos.
Introduction: on the cusp; 1. Escape from the father; 2. The conflict with authority; 3. The eternal feminine; 4. Man of the theatre; 5. Mozart and God; 6. The last phase; 7. Requiem.