Setting famous composers within the context of the times in which they lived, this book focuses on Mozart. Some composers are best at writing music for instruments, others for voices, others for church. Some composers do their best work when they are young, others achieve nothing great until they reach middle age. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had it all. He was a master of every type of music he wrote. He was a child star, one of the greatest pianists of his generation, and by the age of 20, the most exciting composer in Europe. But the world was not ready for his genius, and he spent most of his short life searching for a job. He died in his 36th year, at the peak of his powers but penniless. This was a tragedy, and yet Mozart wrote more music in his short career than many other composers who lived far longer. He has left behind more than 6000 extraordinary works.