Mozart: A Life in Music

Mozart’s music has never been more popular and each generation appropriates his story for their own purposes. He has endured the portrait of a pretty child displaying his musical talents before finely dressed aristocratic audiences. He has found a new public in popular perception as the foul-mouthed rebel who had to fight and suffer to achieve anything, and who finally died in obscurity and poverty. But these portraits of him are superficial and detract from his extraordinary biography. Mozart was a genius, but he also lived in the real world and wrote his music to earn money! This lecture places Mozart in the musical life of Salzburg and Vienna and shows how he produced his music and won the hearts of many of his contemporaries, especially Haydn. Throughout, there is the music he composed and the comments of his fellow musicians.

This illustrated talk includes many recorded musical extracts.