Sheila Fitzpatrick: Mozart, 5 July 2007
Show More Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A Biography by Piero Melograni, translated by Lydia Cochrane.
Chicago, 300 pp., £19, December 2006, 0 226 51956 2Show More
Mozart: The First Biography by Franz Niemetschek, translated by Helen Mautner.
Berghahn, 77 pp., £17.50, November 2006, 1 84545 231 3Show More
Mozart’s Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music by Jane Glover.
Pan, 406 pp., £7.99, April 2006, 0 330 41858 0Show More
“... As Saul Bellow once wrote, we have a problem talking about Mozart. It is the fear of having to contemplate transcendence and being embarrassed by something for which we have no vocabulary. To make matters worse, Mozart composed sublime music but, in contrast to Beethoven, had the wrong personality for sublimity, being prone to clowning and lavatory humour ...”