Synopses & Reviews
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, collaborators, and confidantes. As they grew older, Wolfgang was encouraged to pursue his musical ambitions, while Maria was told she must stop performing and, ultimately, marry. But she was determined to continue playing the piano every day, for the love of music . . . .
"In an intimate tribute to musical prodigy Maria Anna Mozart (sister of Wolfgang Amadeus), Rusch organizes biographical passages into sonata movements, with musical terms used to mark events in Maria's life. When they were children, Wolfgang and Maria played recitals together all over Europe. But eventually Maria is left behind, later raising a family, but still devoted to the piano. An air of sadness permeates: in a section titled 'Fermata (In which everything stops),' Maria's piano warps in the frigid weather, and in 'Cadenza,' Maria weeps for Wolfgang, who dies 'so young.' Rusch's rich prose and Johnson and Fancher's lavishly detailed collages melding paint, paper, fabrics, and weathered musical notation seamlessly blend to form a moving portrait of an unsung musician. Ages 4 8. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
ELIZABETH RUSCH is an award-winning freelance writer and former managing editor of Teacher
magazine. Her first children's book, Generation Fix
, was a Smithsonian
Notable Children's Book and a finalist for the IRA's Children's Book Award. Will It Blow?
was named a Natural History
Best Book and a Washington Reads Pick.
Husband and wife team, STEVE JOHNSON and LOU FANCHER have collaborated on more than 30 picture books. I Walk At Night was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.