Music: Life of a Genius

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was small, rachitic, poor and struggling. His music was grand, architecturally superb, rich and blissful. The contrast between Mozart the man and Mozart the musician never ceases to amaze. Says Bruno Walter, one of Mozart's great musical interpreters: "His personality has remained strangely remote to the world."

One book that makes it less remote is Mozart, by Marcia Davenport, first published in 1932 and now reissued (Scribner; $6). Author Davenport, daughter of famed Soprano Alma Gluck, writes honestly, if often sentimentally, and with style about "one of the world's best-loved...

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