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P.A. Balcells

Self-Portrait of Mozart

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Acantilado

January 2000

464 pages

Biographies and memoirs, Essay, Human Studies, Music

Original Title: Autorretrato de Mozart

Quite apart from his condition as a musical genius, the human figure of Mozart is so extraordinary, exuberant, and contradictory—submissive yet rebellious, prankster and exacting, idealistic, proud and emotionally needy—that he has often been misleadingly presented by oversimplifying clichés. In portraying what we know about his character, this book draws on exceptional, unmediated documentation: his correspondence. P. A. Balcells, a connoisseur with thoroughgoing knowledge of Mozart and his work, has used this source to offer a complete and accurate portrait of the composer. Autorretrato de Mozart is not a chronological biography (although the data concerning his life and works are provided in an Appendix) but, rather, a rigorous, attractive account of the different aspects of a fascinating character.

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«An interesting approach and inspirational work, bringing us closer to the personality of the great musician».
Jorge de Persia, La Vanguardia

«Balcells has achieved a fascinating, demystifying approach to the music and to the man».
Pablo Meléndez-Haddad, ABC

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Acantilado

January 2000

1 pages

Biographies and memoirs, Essay, Human Studies, Music