Mozart's Sister: A Novel

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Alcina Press, 2005 - Fiction - 215 pages
3 Reviews
This wonderful debut novel follows Nannerl Mozart's life through marriage, children, widowhood and death in conversations with her nephew, Franz Xaver, Mozart's younger son. Intervoven is a fictional account of what may have happened to Mozart's body. It is a story with subplots ingeniously constructed from the few known facts. The heroine is Nannerl Mozart, the forgotten sister of a genius. As a child she had played for the royal courts of Europe with her brother, yet in adolescence she was left at home in Salzburg with her mother, while her father and Mozart lived in Italy. The father is not portrayed as an ogre, more a parent dedicated to enshrining and marketing his son's talent. The consequences are explored with perception and sympathy for each member and for Nannerl in particular as an eighteenth century female of considerable musical gifts. In 1770, Mozart wrote to his sister from Rome to praise her composition, urging her to send him more. None of her music survives and A. M. Bauld has included one of her own songs in homage. Merdith Oakes, playwright and librettist said "I loved reading Mozart's Sister because it carried me far. It's a living history: it's history appropriated by an informed, engaged, adoring, perceptive and wildly creative mind that responds to the Mozarts' life and music with a life and music of its own."
  

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User Review  - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing

This is a book that requires a little perseverance, after thirty pages, I was ready to ditch this rubbish, after fifty, I did not want to put it down and, by the end, I was at that wonderful stage ... Read full review

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User Review  - Graham Crawford - Goodreads

An odd little book, mostly about people *not* doing something, which is certainly a challenging subject if you want to make your reader feel any sympathy for the protagonists. This is more of an ... Read full review

Contents

TARANTELLA FUGUE 2
1
HOFMANNS TALE
39
RECITATIVE ARIA CADENZA FUGUE 4
54
RONDO FUGUES
58
THEME FUGUE 6
74
VARIATION i
88
VARIATION 2
92
VARIATION 3
96
ESTAMPIE MARS FUNEBRE FUGUE 11
150
DANSE MACABRE FUGUE 12 COURANTE
161
HOFMANNS FANDANGO
170
PASSACAILLE
181
TUDE
183
MENUET CHANSON
187
DA CAPO
195
SOTHEBYS
196

VARIATION 4 FUGUE 7
105
PASSIEPIED FUGUES m
127
TOCCATA FUGUE 9
138
CANON FUGUE 10
144
AUTHORS NOTE
198
FACTS
201
No MORE OF LOVE
211
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