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For the Love of Music : the remarkable story of Maria Anna Mozart

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By the time she was 12, she was considered one of the finest pianists in Europe, but today few people know her name. Maria Mozart, like her famous brother Wolfgang, was a musical prodigy. The talented siblings toured Europe, playing before kings and empresses, were showered with gifts and favors, and lived in a whirlwind life of music and travel. They were best friends, co ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Tricycle Press (Random House Children's Books)
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Tanya W
Great book about Maria Anna Mozart and her brother Wolfgang. It seems like she should have been more famous, in today's world she may have been just as famous as her brother... how sad that her own musical composition was not preserved!

I loved the addition at the back of the book (the "long pages" the children never want to read!). that part was the part that made me a little sad... Maria had quite a life with many trials and difficulties. How amazing that Wolfgang was composing music before he
Everyone knows who Mozart is, but what everyone doesn't know is that he was inspired and taught by his talented older sister. Written in Sonata form, this book sheds light on Maria Anna Mozart, also a musical prodigy. A dynamic duo, Maria and Mozart played before kings and queens, emperors and empresses; but without knowing all of the reasons, Mozart was chosen to continue performing while Maria stayed home. After marriage, moving away, dealing with the loss of her beloved Mozart, Maria Anna pla ...more
Dec 08, 2011 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing
My favorite movie growing up was "Amadeus" and I still love it. When I read biographies on Mozart I remember his sister being mentioned here and there but I never really considered her before. This book was beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, sweet and heartbreaking. I now would like someone to make a movie about she and Wolfgang's early years together. If they could throw in a part for
F.Murray Abraham that would be okay too.
Wonderful artwork by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher complement the fascinating story of Maria Anna Mozart, the older sister of Wolfgang Mozart. The story is told in a way that is both engaging to young children and thought provoking for adults. The elderly people I read this too loved the story, and it was made even more special by reading poetry of the time and listening to music of the time.Myself, I was reminded of the billboard "You don't have to be famous to be unforgettable." Faced with the ...more
Thera Grady
Aug 04, 2014 Thera Grady rated it really liked it
Wow! Who knew that Mozart's sister was just as good a musician/composer as he was. We enjoyed this book a lot. It was interesting to read about "real" people. I did think it could have had a little better flow,(it jumped from kids to adults rather abruptly) but overall, it is very much worth the read. My 5 year old boy has asked to read this several times. We had a very interesting discussion about why Maria was not allowed to continue to perform. My 7 year old daughter did not like that this wa ...more
I'll say up front that I loved this book, so much so that I bought myself a copy. Not only are the illustrations a gorgeous combination of fabric collage, paper, and oil and acrylic on canvas, but the writing follows the parts of a piano sonata. Even those who do not particularly care for classical music know who Mozart is, but I did not realize that at first, his sister was as famous as he was. Clearly Maria had a gift for playing the piano. Unfortunately for her she lived in an era when women ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
Jun 22, 2011 Margo Tanenbaum rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Rusch’s new picture book biography about Mozart’s gifted older sister, Maria Anna Mozart is a perfect book to share with budding young musicians.

Like her more famous brother, Maria Anna (usually known by her nickname, Nannerl), showed an early gift for music. Her father was a court musician, and the house was filled with music. Her brother, Wolfgang, was born when she was five, and by the time she was ten, the two of them were giving concerts all over Europe. She, too, was considered o
Debra McCracken
Jul 27, 2012 Debra McCracken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely touching older child juvenile picture book. The story of Maria Anna Mozart, the 5 year older sister of Wolgang. She was every bit as accomplished and brilliant as her younger brother, and was his first inspiration. They toured together as children, and Maria was widely regarded as one of Europe's best pianists when she was 12.
It appears that the only reason she did not go on to the same or greater accomplishements as her brother was due to the fact that she was female. So sad the limits
May 23, 2014 Shelli rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated picture book biography on Maria Anna Mozart, Wolfgang Mozart’s loving older sister. Maria’s talents rivaled her brothers but due to finances her touring career ended shortly after it began. Her story is one of sadness, finding redemption in music. Elementary and middle school students will enjoy this lovely informational read, particularly if they are traveling down their own musical path.
Joselyn Whitney
Jun 21, 2012 Joselyn Whitney rated it it was amazing
Eureka! Silver Honor Books

Audience: This book is perfect for 2nd thru 4th graders. It is a beautiful, poetic picture book with interesting and short biographical information. It definitely can hold the attention of a younger audience, painting a poignant and lovely picture of a woman's undying love of music and her brother.

Appeal: The appeal in this book is how it is presented. The entire book is organized into short biographical passages transformed into sonata movements, with musical terms us
Dec 03, 2015 Bryan rated it really liked it
Nice children's book on Mozart's sister, who was a formidable musician in her own right who never received the fame Mozart did, and whose compositions have unfortunately been lost. An adult oriented summary of her life and a bibliography appear at the end of the book. The artwork is mixed media and neat as well.
Childrens Librarian
Apr 04, 2011 Childrens Librarian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jp, j-nf
The Picture Book Biography can be a powerful format, and this title about Maria Anna Mozart is a delightful example. The progession of Maria's life is cleverly divided into the parts of a sonata, her most commonly played musical piece, with descriptions of each movement corresponding to her life events at that time. The images are intricate works of textile and paint that draw the reader in closer and encourage them to take their time exploring the rich detail. This biography definitely led me t ...more
I always wondered what happened to Mozart's sister. I like this telling based on what little is to be had about her life. It showed great respect for Maria. And I loved seeing the close relationship she had with her brother. But best of all, I love that she kept playing. The bio in the back shows just how much she kept playing. A recommendation for any musician or lover of Mozart. This is tender and sweet, and made my musical heart a little happier.

Illustrations were nice, too! Oh, and naming th
Apr 19, 2015 Janna rated it liked it
Interesting story, but I wish she would have given a little more information on why Maria wasn't allowed to travel with Wolfgang any longer and how Wolfgang died.
I'd heard that W.A. Mozart had an incredible sister, but this book brought her to life in ways that I never knew. This biography, written in the form of her favorite kind of music, a sonata, was really a fascinating story. Beautifully written, with an extraordinary attention to detail, the life of Maria Anna Mozart was a great book and I strongly encourage anyone with even a slight appreciation of classical music to give it a look. The Mozarts were a remarkably gifted family as it turns out, and ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Shelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, music, age-8
I love that 1. You get to know mozarts sister, and 2. That it is written in sonata form so you learn the parts of that too.
Wow. Who knew that Mozart's older sister was a child prodigy before he was? She went on tours and was considered one of the finest pianists in Europe at age twelve. He used to sit for hours and listen to her practice when he was little, before he learned to play himself. They played duets on their tours, until the one where she was left behind (probably because of money issues, and of course because she was a girl it was considered improper for her to do things like play the organ, which require ...more
Oct 12, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
I didn't realize that Mozart's older sister was so very talented/gifted at the piano. Maria Anna (often referred to as Nannerl) even toured with her brother at one point. If she'd lived in a later era, she would be well recognized in her own right.

This picture book biography is broken into musical segments, which I found clever and engaging. The illustrations were wonderful. The information was interesting. My daughters were really interested in this book as well.
May 28, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
A simple story for children about Maria Mozart and her relationship with her brother. The artwork is interesting and lends itself well to the story. The author's notes gives more background and context to Maria's life. I appreciate that the author kept the story focused on Maria's love of music. I do wish, however, that the story included more information about women being allowed a limited role in music and 18th century life.
Jun 07, 2011 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: music lovers and readers about strong women
Recommended to June by: Cap Choices 2011
This is a beautiful biography! I love the musical sonata headings, with brief definitions, for the brief vignettes of Maria's life. An "Encore" at the end of the book adds some more details of Maria Anna Mozart's life. A remarkable book that will not only educate people about a remarkable woman, but also educate many readers musically. It would be a great book for Women's History month.
Oct 05, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it
Gorgeously illustrated biography of Wolfgang Mozart's older sister Maria. I loved the illustrations, which incorporate collaged sheet music (by Mozart of course) and brocade/tapestry-like fabrics that match the clothing of the time. I didn't know anything about Maria Anna Mozart, so the story was fascinating. Also liked the section headings that were in musical terms ("Crescendo" etc).
Amy Carr
Dec 31, 2011 Amy Carr rated it really liked it
I didn't know Wolfgang Mozart had a sister who was his musical equal in every way. Not only does this book provide fascinating information about these 2 musical prodigy siblings, but the very structure of the book is written to imitate a "sonata" musical form. Very well-done and a beautiful introduction to the life and amazing accomplishments of this very talented woman!
Connie Klever
Nice little biography about Mozart's older sister who taught him to play piano!She and her brother spent several years of their childhood performing in concert halls until she was forced to quit since it was not considered "proper" for a young lady to do such things at the time. Good book for
Women's History, music, composers presentation or storytime.
May 25, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
A fascinating historical tribute to the little known sister of Mozart. Utterly unique fabric imprint illustrations, that are as beautiful as they are creative. Clever insertions of musical terms used as symbolic story heading. This double meaning went right over my little girls heads, but I thought it was a nice educational touch as well.
Apr 03, 2012 Laura added it
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Rusch, Elizabeth. For the Love of Music. (2011)

Annotation:This is a short biographical story of Maria Anna Mozart, the sister of Wolfgang Mozart, with a double spread of facts about her life.

Themes:biography, music, family

Ways to use:this story could be used in a study of biographies or about famous musicians

Recommended age:7- 16
Oct 20, 2012 AnnieM rated it really liked it
This book isn't going to be for everyone. I loved that Maria Anna finally gets some credit for her work with and for her brother Mozart.

Most of the information of Maria Anna has been lost, but the information found and combined with the musical setting make it a good start to learning about a powerful woman in music.
May 16, 2011 Larissa rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated/collaged pages tell the tale of Mozart's sister, Maria Ana Mozart, who was at one time more accomplished and famous than her younger brother. For my 6 year old, who knows of the child prodigy, it was facinating to learn more about his sister! Thanks to Donna for the recommendation!
I had never heard of Mozart's talented sister. Sadly, much of her music was lost to the world as she was not allowed to play in concerts alongside her brother after a certain age. Instead, she was expected to fulfill the female role of marrying and raising a family. Very nicely illustrated.
Sep 06, 2012 Christine rated it liked it
Not all ultra talented people become famous. In "For the Love of Music" we learn that Mozart's sister Maria was every bit as talented as her famous brother and had a great love of music. This is a tender story about their relationship with each other and their love of music.
Erika Conley
This biography describes the life of the famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's sister. It talks about the life of the two together, and also introduces musical terms and instruments. This is a great book for young people to get to know the life of a famous musician.
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ELIZABETH RUSCH is an award-winning children's book author and magazine writer. She writes both fiction and nonfiction in the areas of science, art, sports, waves, jokes, crayons, and mud — anything that catches her fancy.

Her recent title, The Mighty Mars Rovers The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a Junior Library Guild selection, has garnered starred r
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