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Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?
     

Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?

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by Yona Zeldis McDonough, Carrie Robbins
 

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Born in Austria in 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his first piece of music, a minuet, when he was just five years old! Soon after, he was performing for kings and emperors. Although he died at the young age of thirty-five, Mozart left a legacy of more than 600 works. This fascinating biography charts the musician's extraordinary career and personal life while

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Born in Austria in 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed his first piece of music, a minuet, when he was just five years old! Soon after, he was performing for kings and emperors. Although he died at the young age of thirty-five, Mozart left a legacy of more than 600 works. This fascinating biography charts the musician's extraordinary career and personal life while painting a vivid cultural history of eighteenth-century Europe. Black-and-white illustrations on every spread explore such topics as the history of opera and the evolution of musical instruments. There is also a timeline and a bibliography.

Illustrated by Carrie Robbins.
Cover illustration by Nancy Harrison.

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Children's Literature
Welcome to the world of Mozart. Young readers ushered into the boyhood world of this musical genius meet a fascinating subject. Mozart's father was a musician. He gave Mozart and his older sister music lessons. It was clear that both children were talented, but Papa Mozart soon realized that his son was a prodigy. The boy composed music before he learned to write words. The family lived in Salzburg, but traveled around Europe to perform for royalty when Mozart was seven years old. The excellent text gives children insight into the intriguing life of Mozart, focusing on his close knit family, music, mentors, and marriage. The black-and-white illustrations go hand-in-hand with the text, giving readers additional perspective. Interspersed throughout the text are helpful diagrams and descriptions of, for example, the parts of a violin, keyboard instruments in the 18th century, penmanship in the 18th century, and more. In addition, there is a time line of Mozart's life and a bibliography at the back of the book. This biography, which is a title in the publisher's "Who Was" series, is first rate in every way except for the unflattering illustration of Mozart on the book's cover. The caricature of Mozart with oversized head and hands over a keyboard is a bit off-putting. 2003, Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin Putnam, <%ISBN%>0448431041

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756915940
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Penguin Who Was...Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
468,248
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Yona Zeldis McDonough is a longtime doll lover and collector. She is also an award-winning author who has published numerous books for children and adults. She presently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is an interasting book and it's odd how young Mozart was once he wrote his first sympany.
MontzieW 11 months ago
Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? by Yona Zeldis McDonough is an incredible book for an equally incredible person. The history of his personal life is fascinating and amazing. A remarkable person that died so young and left us so much. This book details the wonders and times of his life. Over 100 pages and lots of great sketches. Great job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and love his music P.S get it like get it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!_
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