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In Mozart's Shadow by Carolyn Meyer
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Jan 30, 09

bookshelves: historical, music
Read in July, 2008

* Young musicians and historical fiction lovers will enjoy this accurate, and therefore frequently depressing, tale of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's older sister, Nannerl. A talented and hardworking musician, Nannerl was, like her brother, exploited by their father Leopold as he paraded his genius children through the courts of Europe, winning acclaim, applause and occasionally, money. But Wolfgang's charm and extraordinary composing talent become Leopold's focus-and the fact that Nannerl was female in the 1700s made Leopold's emphasis on his son a societal given. The book is too long and detailed, but the Mozart children's love of music and their joy in sharing it with each other come through loud and clear, as does Nannerl's love for her little brother, despite her understandable jealousy. The cover means well, a color photo showing a glum, bewigged young woman in period costume, standing in the...yes! shadow! But it's painfully obvious. Tell your young musicians to ignore it, and dive in.
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