Mozart: The Reign of Love

December 9, 2020
Mozart: The Reign of Love

From the acclaimed composer and biographer Jan Swaffordcomes the definitive biography of one of the most lauded musicalgeniuses in history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.At the earliest ages it was apparent that Wolfgang Mozart’ssingular imagination was at work in every direction. He hated to bebored and hated to be idle, and through his life he responded tothese threats with a repertoire of antidotes mental and physical.Whether in his rabidly obscene mode or not, Mozart was alwayshilarious. He went at every piece of his life, and perhaps mostnotably his social life, with tremendous gusto. His circle offriends and patrons was wide, encompassing anyone who appealed tohis boundless appetites for music and all things pleasurable andfun.Mozart was known to be an inexplicable force of nature who couldrise from a luminous improvisation at the keyboard to a leap overthe furniture. He was forever drumming on things, tapping his feet,jabbering away, but who could grasp your hand and look at you witha profound, searching, and melancholy look in his blue eyes. Evenin company there was often an air about Mozart of being not quitethere. It was as if he lived onstage and off simultaneously, acharacter in life’s tragicomedy but also outside of it watching,studying, gathering material for the fabric of his art.Like Jan Swafford’s biographies Beethoven andJohannes Brahms, Mozart is the complete exhumation of agenius in his life and ours: a man who would enrich the world withhis talent for centuries to come and who would immeasurably shapeclassical music. As Swafford reveals, it’s nearly impossible tounderstand classical music’s origins and indeed its evolutions, aswell as the Baroque period, without studying the man himself.