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Mozart's Sister [Paperback]

By Nancy Moser (Author)
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Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.38" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN  0764201239  
EAN  9780764201233  


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Nannerl Mozart's early days seem to be the stuff of fairy tales--traveling far and wide, performing piano concerts with her younger brother, Wolfgang, before the crowned heads of Europe. But behind the glamour lurk dark difficulties--the hardship of travel, agonizing bouts of illness, and the constant concern over money. Their father, Leopold, is driven by a desire to bring his son's genius to the attention of the world.

But what about Nannerl? Is she not just as talented? In a world where women's choices are limited, what hope does she have of ever realizing her own dreams?

In this lovingly crafted novel, author Nancy Moser brings to life one of history's hidden heroines.

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Nannerl Mozart's early days seem to be the stuff of fairy tales--traveling far and wide, performing piano concerts with her younger brother, Wolfgang, before the crowned heads of Europe. But behind the glamour lurk dark difficulties--the hardship of travel, agonizing bouts of illness, and the constant concern over money. Their father, Leopold, is driven by a desire to bring his son's genius to the attention of the world. But what about Nannerl? Is she not just as talented? In a world where women's choices are limited, what hope does she have of ever realizing her own dreams? In this lovingly crafted novel, author Nancy Moser brings to life one of history's hidden heroines.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of over twenty novels that share a common message: we each have a unique purpose the challenge is to find out what it is. Her genres include contemporary and historical novels. Her contemporary novels are known for their big-cast style, utilizing multiple points-of-view and intricate plotting (The Good Nearby, Time Lottery, Second Time Around, John 3:16, Solemnly Swear). Her historical novels allow real women-of-history to share their life stories: Just Jane (Jane Austen), Mozart s Sister (Nannerl Mozart), Washington's Lady (Martha Washington) and, How Do I Love Thee? (Elizabeth Barrett Browning.) Nancy earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She paints canes voraciously, kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique humans included. Read excerpts at: www.nancymoser.com"

Nancy Moser currently resides in Overland Park, in the state of Kansas.

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A nice novel about Nannerl  Mar 29, 2007
As noted by Mrs. Moser and other reviewers, books on Mozart's sister have been sorely lacking. However, details of her life are brought to light in Mozart's Sister. I am an avid reader of anything Mozart and, as a Christian, even more excited to see something related to him published by Bethany House.

I didn't have much trouble getting into the book. What I gradually found grating, though, was her writing style and the phrases she used. Maybe it's just a personal preference, but I found them a bit too modern and cliche for this period.

What I found interesting is Nannerl's narrative changes as she grows. As a child she thinks of much simpler things. As she gets older, you can see her character develop more as her focus changes. Maybe this is a pretty simple effect but I enjoyed being able to recognize it.

Yes, there was much about Nannerl being brushed off as a composer in favor of her brother, but I soon became weary of her mood swings -- in one line she's annoyed over a situation, a couple lines later she's happy about something. This continued through most of the book and I thought by the time she was older, it might have worn off a little bit and she would eventually find a happiness in her situation, even though she wasn't able to become as "musical" as Wolfgang. I agree with another reviewer: the latter part of her life with the romance was much more intriguing and brought the character of Nannerl into her own, especially after she married, and had to suddenly take care of a number of children from her husband's previous marriage. However it was hardly focused on.

I also really enjoyed Mrs. Moser's interpretation of young Wolfgang and his interactions with Nannerl, as well as their tours when they were younger. Another character the author had to flesh out with a lack of sources was Nannerl's mother, and I liked her interpretation of her too. I wasn't too thrilled with Leopold's character. There were just some things that didn't seem to settle right with me, as a Mozart biography reader. But I have to give Mrs. Moser credit, as sources about Nannerl are pretty rare.

And while I don't enjoy being inundated with holier-than-thou characters and hackneyed spiritual speeches (one extreme), there was not much in the way of a Christian focus here (the other extreme). There was a touching scene between Nannerl and a Protestant pastor in England, but beyond that not much else. By the time I finished I was unsure why Bethany House wanted to publish such a book that had so little in the way of Christian character. It ended up feeling like the "religious bits" had been added in as an afterthought.

In any case, this is a good read from the library, but seems a bit trite after a while. However it's wonderful to see a historical figure, otherwise outshone by her brother, brought to light.
 
Mozart's Sister  Mar 26, 2007
The historical novel "Mozart's Sister" by Nancy Moser is a wonderful book. The story brings Mozart and his world back to life, and characters appear to bounce off the pages with vivid detail. "Mozart's Sister" is entertaining, fast-paced, and full of marvelous details about life in the 18th century. I recommend it for anyone interested in classical music.
 
EXQUISITE LITERARY PERFORMANCE  Jan 25, 2007
For all the music or historical fiction lovers on your gift list, Nancy Moser's exquisite novel will whisk them away to 18th-century Vienna. Did you even know Mozart had a sister? Six years his senior, Nannerl was every bit as talented as her precocious and highly acclaimed brother. Yet because she was a woman, she was overlooked by society, as well as her father.

The book is told from Nannerl's point of view and reads like a piece of music, with sections entitled "Prelude," "Overture," "Interlude," and more. The author's beautiful writing and detailed research give readers an intimate peek into the eccentric personalities who inhabit the Mozart home.

For those of us who do most of our traveling by armchair, Moser's dramatic tale is richly satisfying.

-- Christian Women Online Book Buzz
 
a classical music lover's treasure  Dec 24, 2006
--excerpt from Mozart's Sister
Finally finding myself with Mama's full attention, I asked the question again. "What is my destiny, Mama?" To perform with your brother, becoming the greatest due in all musical hist--
Mama stroked my cheek. Her face lost its adamant edge and eased into a wistful smile. "You, my dear daughter, are destined to be a wife and mother. You will have many children and teach all of them to make music just as we have taught--"
I took a step back, shaking my head.
"You are upset?" Mama asked.
"I want to be a great musician like Wolfie. I want to compose and perform all over the world--with him."
"Even you brother will eventually need to find a paid position in a court. But paid musical positions are not available for women. Now, if you were a great singer, you might be able to sing in an opera..."
I felt the air go out of me...
"But it's not fair. Just because he's a boy and I'm a girl..."



Life was never fair for Nannerl Mozart. Possessing as much musical talent as her little brother Wolfgang, she was forced to sit idly in the shadows and endure the applause lavished upon him by the crown heads of every European nation. Dragged on tour around the globe, her talent and self-worth were at first stifled then altogether forgotten by those whose opinions mattered most. Ever the dutiful child and woman, Nannerl sacrificially gives way to Wolfie's fame and glory.
Even in love, she is thwarted, as plain, simple Nannerl is overlooked time and again. Yet she waits. Always waiting. Waiting for her shining moment, for her opportunity to make a name for herself. In the end, it is the noblest of callings in which she shines--that of wife and mother.
Author Nancy Moser has taken a forgotten name in history and brought it to life, finally doing justice to this unpretentious yet gifted woman. A compelling narrative, "Mozart's Sister" sympathetically relays the account of a girl's inward struggle between society's regulations and the extraordinary endowments God has given her which she yearns to share with the entire world.
Every fan of classical music will find this book enlightening, a wonderful collection to their library. "Mozart's Sister" is a heart-warming story of triumph through broken dreams, which will captivate the heart of even the most musically illiterate.
This one is a treasure.
 
Great potential, but missed the mark.  Nov 28, 2006
The idea of writing an historical novel based on the life of Nannerl Mozart is a wonderful one, that has the potential for a rich and exciting story, highlighting very human and still-relevant struggles. However, a "good idea" can only take you so far - if it is not executed well, it is nothing. Sadly, this is how I found "Mozart's Sister" to be. It has such great potential, and truly, parts of the novel ARE interesting enough to hold one's attention, and it is written by an author who possesses talent, but the majority of the book is utterly boring. I can understand & accept that most of her life probably WAS boring, and that in and of itself, given her immense talent, is an outstanding fact - but a reader doesn't want to read 200 pages about the boring years of her life! The latter third of the book I found to be quite interesting, and I wished that Moser had abbreviated the first portion of her novel, and expanded more on Nannerl's later life.

While it is rich with lavish historical details which were well-researched by the author, and follows the every day life of the lesser-known Mozart child fairly accurately, it simply hasn't got enough substance of plot to keep one hooked. It is a great book for learning about the Mozart family, but not for the entertainment purposes that I generally read novels for. So while the synopsis is beautiful, the novel was made painstakingly historically accurate, and the writing was of good quality, "Mozart's Sister" still missed the mark for me.

Grade: C+
 

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