In Mozart's Shadow: His Sister's Story

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Nannerl Mozart was a musical prodigy who seemed to have a brilliant future. But once her younger brother, Wolfgang, began composing symphonies at the age of five, her career and talents were utterly eclipsed. Here, at last, is Nannerl's heart-wrenching tale. It's the story of her undying passion for music; her relationship with her "miracle boy" brother; and her life as the "other Mozart," the one forgotten by history.
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Inc., Orlando 2008 Hardcover First Edition. 368 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. FICTION. Nannerl Mozart was a musical prodigy who seemed to have a brilliant ... future. But once her younger brother, Wolfgang, began composing symphonies at the age of five, her career and talents were utterly eclipsed. Here, at last, is Nannerl's heart-wrenching tale. It's the story of her undying passion for music; her relationship with her "miracle boy" brother; and her life as the "other Mozart, " the one forgotten by history. The acclaimed Carolyn Meyer has written a powerful historical novel about a little-known but gifted musician who never stopped dreaming. Includes an author's note. (Key Words: ). Read more Show Less

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Overview

Nannerl Mozart was a musical prodigy who seemed to have a brilliant future. But once her younger brother, Wolfgang, began composing symphonies at the age of five, her career and talents were utterly eclipsed. Here, at last, is Nannerl's heart-wrenching tale. It's the story of her undying passion for music; her relationship with her "miracle boy" brother; and her life as the "other Mozart," the one forgotten by history.
          
The acclaimed Carolyn Meyer has written a powerful historical novel about a little-known but gifted musician who never stopped dreaming.
 
Includes an author's note.

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AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 15.

Meyer sheds light on the life of a little-known historical figure, bringing Mozart's older sister's story out of the shadows into the forefront. Nannerl is a talented musician and composer in her own right, but her dreams and ambitions are eclipsed by her brother's tremendous gifts. In the volatile Mozart family, Wolfgang takes first priority. When Nannerl becomes too old to be shown off as a wonder child, her father leaves her at home and focuses all energy-and finances-on Wolfgang. Ambitious, forbidding, and overbearing, her father controls her life. He refuses to grant her permission to marry the man she loves, refuses to let her pursue a court position, to study abroad, or to do anything for her own sake. Meyer realistically captures the passions and dreams, sacrifices and suffering of Nannerl's life. Her frustrations, jealousy, and disappointed dreams give flesh and blood to her character. The strong bond and mutual affection between the Mozart siblings give the story heart. Nannerl is neither a pushover nor a rebel. She exhibits strength and resilience, gently nudging against the limitations imposed on women at the time but staying within prescribed bounds. In this touching tale, readers encounter a young woman who speaks up but still obeys her father's wishes, a woman willing to sacrifice almost all for the family and the talented brother she adores, and one who always comes back to her love of music above all else. Reviewer: Cheryl French
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

Judy Beemer
Carolyn Meyer, acclaimed author of numerous historical novels for young readers, now wonders: What must it have been like to be the sister of the bratty child prodigy Wolfgang Mozart? In Mozart's Shadow is her imaginative but research-based response. A musical genius in her own right, Nannerl Mozart repeatedly finds herself in her brother's shadow as her father insists she subordinate her own career and even her hopes for marriage in order to serve the Family Mozart. Meyer capably brings eighteenth-century European life into the reach of younger adolescents. Those who enjoy classical music will appreciate an "inside view" of Wolfgang's pranks and escapades. Girls will enjoy the touches of romance in Nannerl's life but perhaps may flinch at the domination females endured during the 1700s. Reviewer: Judy Beemer
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Gr 8 Up- For many people, knowledge of Nannerl Mozart is confined to the footnotes of her younger brother Wolfgang Amadeus's biography, a fellow wunderkind touring the courts of Europe with her more renowned sibling before fading into the background as an adult. Meyer brings Nannerl to the fore, presenting her as a gifted, sensitive musician whose ambitions for a professional career are thwarted by the restrictions placed on her gender and the demands of her father, who is more interested in promoting his genius son. Her childhood closeness with Wolferl becomes increasingly strained as his career takes him farther from his family and ultimately to a too-early grave. The narrative occasionally descends into a dry recitation of facts, but Meyer creates interesting portraits of Nannerl, the impudent Wolfgang, and their tyrannical father. Give this one to music students and historical fiction devotees.-Christi Voth Esterle, Parker Library, CO

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In the afterword of her haunting story about the life and times of Mozart's older sister Maria Anna-Nannerl-Meyer says that she was intrigued by the question, "What must it have been like to be the highly talented sister of a genius?"Although Nannerl, a gifted child performer with a passion for music, was outclassed by her brother, much of her frustration was the result of being a woman in a time when a musical career was not an option. Her brother may have overshadowed her, but her despotic father controlled her; he was determined to achieve glory for his son, and by extension, the family Mozart. If this was an unfettered piece of fiction, Nannerl would win out by dint of work and will, but it's fact-based, and she's not only denied a career but the love match she desires. Though her tale of woe becomes somewhat repetitious, she's sympathetic and understandable, and readers of this illuminating chronicle will be both fascinated and appalled by how restricted her life was. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152055943
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Meyer is the acclaimed author of more than fifty books for young people. Her many award-winning novels include Mary, Bloody Mary, an ABA Pick of the Lists, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, a New York Times bestseller; White Lilacs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age, and an IRA Young Adults' Choice; and Marie, Dancing, a BookSense Pick. Ms. Meyer lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visit her website at www.readcarolyn.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Best Book EVER!!!!

    This is by all means my most preffered book of all time. I remember when I first saw it, eight grade of '08. I could not put it down! I just loved being in the eyes of Mozart's sister and all of her hardships. Poor thing didn't stand much of a chance after Mozart was born. The book is simply spectacular and is still my most cherished book on my shelf even 3 years later!! Highly Recomended.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

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    In Mozarts Shadow- a great book!!!

    The Authors purpose in writing this book is to really show what it was really to be in Mozart's shadow. How it felt to really have talent, but nobody cares about it. That's how I think his sister felt much unloved, if that is a word, for example her father paid more attention to Wolfgang Mozart than his own daughter. It was obvious that her father wanted Mozart to be the star of the show and not his daughter even though both Mozart and his sister Nanerl were playing duets on the piano, Mozart still got more attention. What I learned from this book was that even though you have the best gift in the world, people might not appreciate it, but if you keep holding on to your gift and not let it go, people will appreciate it, even if there not the best audience, and that practice makes perfect! I can really relate to this book because I have been playing piano for the past 8 years now and I never really enjoyed it because since I never really practiced that much I always would get the same, very annoying songs. Now since I read this book, it really encourages me to practice, practice, and practice. The major theme really in this book was to show how it was to be the sister of a major composer, instrument player, and other musically involved talents. No one really paid any attention to Nanerl, even though she was quite as good as Mozart himself, but she still had the dream to move on even though she didn't get much attention. Finally, to my point, I recommend this book to anyone, especially to a person who knows, loves, and cares about music. And even if you don't really care I think it will encourage you to care. It did for me! I really thought the book was going to be boring because I randomly picked it off the school library shelf, but was fascinated about it after I really started getting into it. This book was very interesting and I would really recommend this book to mainly girls because it has some romantic parts and some girl moments. But altogether it is a very "perfect" as I would say it Book, and I would happily read it again!!

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    We all know about Wolfgang Mozart, the wonderfully talented musician, but what many of us don't know is that his older sister, Nannerl, was also incredibly talented. She was, in the beginning, thought of as her brother's equivalent. They played together in concerts, sometimes in front of royalty, making money for their family. But soon, she was overshadowed by her brother, but that didn't stop her from playing. <BR/><BR/>She wanted, more than anything, to go to a prestigious music school -- but her father would not allow it and forced her to stay in boring Salzburg with her mother. IN MOZART'S SHADOW follows Nannerl from the time she and her brother begin playing throughout her entire life. <BR/><BR/>To be honest, the book dragged a bit at the beginning, but after the first fifty pages or so I felt myself being dragged into the world of Nannerl and her family. Her story is both heartbreaking and easy to relate to. Though she lived in a completely different time and led a much different life, I could feel myself understanding her actions and cheering her on. The writing was great and the voice was true to the characters, who were all very realistic. <BR/><BR/>I'd recommend this to anyone who likes reading historical fiction or who admires the Mozart family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2008

    Awesome!

    This was a really, really sad, but wonderful story. It talks not only about the issue of male vs. female, but the issue of age and talent. Carolyn Meyer is a great writer and her historical fiction is unique and inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    The Other Mozart

    I'm always interested in reading historical fiction about Mozart's life, so I really liked reading Nannerl's side of the story. It chronicles Mozart and Nannerl's childhood touring across Europe, until their lives take seperate turns after their ambitious father puts aside Nannerl's talent in favor of developing her brother's. Although there isn't really a happy ending, Nannerl's struggle is poignant, struggling to retain her love of music while her brother has the life and career she wants. Anyone who loves Mozart or Carolyn Meyer's novels should definitely read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2008

    Wow!

    I loved this book! It was so beautifully written. You couldn't help but feel sorry for Nannerl! I felt so bad for her. I was disappointed that there wasn't a pronunciation guide for the foreign words, but it was a great book nonetheless!

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