World History Biographies: Mozart: The Boy Who Changed the World With His Music

World History Biographies: Mozart: The Boy Who Changed the World With His Music

by Marcus Weeks
     
 

At 5 years old, he composed a minuet. By six, he was performing for royalty. The compelling story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a timeless tale of musical genius, its rewards, and its pitfalls.

Author and musician Marcus Weeks takes us around Mozart's world—from the Royal courts of 18th century Europe to the opera houses and balls where Mozart enjoyed

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At 5 years old, he composed a minuet. By six, he was performing for royalty. The compelling story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a timeless tale of musical genius, its rewards, and its pitfalls.

Author and musician Marcus Weeks takes us around Mozart's world—from the Royal courts of 18th century Europe to the opera houses and balls where Mozart enjoyed triumph and fame. We meet the kings and queens of the age, learn of the young Mozart's favorite games, see the clothes he wore, and the new musical instruments of the time. The lively text also gives readers an appreciation of Mozart's vast legacy of immortal music.

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From the Publisher
"Featuring extrarodinary people throughout history, this series presents information in an easy-to-read, well-organized format." —Library Media Connection
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This well-researched and kid-friendly book is one of the selections from the National Geographic "World History Biographies" series. As I have found to be typical of a National Geographic production, the book is very clear about its audience and how to engage young readers in biographies with their strong text/word choice, excellent pictures of the subject, items, and locations linked to the subject that pull the text together. Mozart had a fascinating life, in the four sections that highlight the different points of his life and fame also provide information about topics that students might not be very aware of. For example, in the "Concert Master" section, the musical instruments of the time are highlighted; in "The Move to Vienna," the Age of Enlightenment is the focus. Further, a timeline found at the bottom of each page helps readers to not only understand Mozart's life better but also provides what was going on in the larger world at the same time. A solid glossary as well as a useful "Further Information" section helps round out this excellent text, which I find to be a wonderful resource for upper elementary and middle school readers. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426314513
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Series:
National Geographic World History Biographies Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
717,973
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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