Child prodigy, genius, freak, a man who lived frivolously and died a pauper... The myths surrounding Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer of some of the world's most sublime music, have long ago overtaken the known facts of his life. It seems that Mozart the man has been forgotten, leaving only the legends and his astonishing musical legacy.
Now, in this charming and very personal tribute, artist Donovan Bixley offers a portrait of Mozart that will change forever the way he is viewed. Share in his triumphs and his despair, his laughter and his tears, as Mozart and his world are brought to vivid life in nearly one hundred original drawings and paintings, over fifty of them in full colour.
The accompanying text is based on the many letters Mozart wrote during his life, beginning with the delightful, if misspelt, letters he wrote as a thirteenyear- old boy travelling in Italy with his father. A CD features excerpts from some of Mozart's most acclaimed works, many of which are referred to in the text.
Reflecting the irrepressible spirit of its subject, while at the same time illustrating the colourful,often turbulent times in which he lived, Faithfully Mozart celebrates the humanity that lies behind one of the best-loved composers of all time.
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"Bixley has done for Mozart what artist Ralph Steadman did for Leonardo da Vinci in the 1980s. He has added the man to the legacy. An astonishing book, celebrating an outstanding man."
Reviewed by Steve Trotman
"But the undoubful star of Faithfully Mozart is Bixley's artwork. The pictures delight and appal in response to Mozart's words. Time after time you can return to an illustration and find another small detail - an audience member's reaction, byplay between musicians or just a gorgeous representation of 18th century Europe."
Reviewed by Rex Nairn
"It's an unlikely collaboration between two individuals separated by history, time and geography, but for Bixley, a labour of love became one of the year's best - and most delightful - literary surprises."
Reviewed in The Press