I love biographies and classical composers, Mozart being one of my favorites so I couldn’t wait to read this.
I would definitely say that this autobiographical collection of letters is more suited for die-hard Mozart fans especially, but that even the die-hard fans will be a little surprised. For example, had I not read it myself, I would never have believed that Mozart included fart jokes in letters to his sister!
It is clear from the letters that he was especially close to his mother and sister despite the many months he spent away from them trying to establish himself as a composer throughout Europe.
I was surprised that it was his father that seemed more driven and ambitious than Mozart himself. I really liked that as the letter’s continued throughout his life, you could tell that though he matured, and that he truly had a gift for music, he didn’t take himself too seriously and remained a bit cheeky in his correspondence.
After finishing this collection of letters I love Mozart a little bit more if that is possible. Though he was impulsive and a bit flighty, and died far too young, his charm may actually outweigh his vast talent in my opinion.