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Marrying Mozart (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Stephanie Cowell

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Member:Cariola
Title:Marrying Mozart
Authors:Stephanie Cowell
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2004), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
Collections:Your library, Historical Fiction, Read but unowned
Rating:**1/2
Tags:Historical novel, 18th century, Music, given away

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Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell (2004)

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I know I liked it and I know I read it in 2007. It wa a nice and interesting read but I cannot really review this book because it has been too long ago to be specific. ( )
  Marlene-NL | Apr 12, 2013 |
This book centers around Mozart and the Weber sisters (who inspired many of Mozart's female characters and one of whom he ultimately married).It is a light-read, especially for historical fiction, and is fast-paced. Some of the emotional transitions seem abrupt, but this is quickly forgotten as the reader is swept up in the progressing story.This book would have been enjoyable had all of the characters been fictitious, but it is even more so with its nod to history. ( )
  tsisler | Jan 14, 2011 |
The story of the Weber sisters and their relationship with and influence on the young Mozart could be dry and dull - but it isn't. Each of the characters has a clear, distinct personality and their interrelationships are fascinating. And the portrait of the age and the joys and burdens of musicians are also quite well done. Bravo! ( )
  dianaleez | May 13, 2009 |
Mozart is a composer whose music I really like so it was great to read this book based on events in the life of the young Mozart. The book tells of his meeting with the four Webber sisters at one of their father's Thursday musical salons, and his ongoing relationship with the family. Frau Webber has great plans for her four daughters to marry well, and Mozart's mother desires to accompany her son on his travels to gain sponsors for his musical career. Mozart feels much at home in the Webber household, falling in love and becoming betrothed to one of the sisters but the marriage never takes place as Mozart is forced to attend to the obligations his family place on him and travel to Paris in pursuit of opportunity. Both families have to deal with tragedy. The Webber sisters lose their father, and Mozart after losing his mother returns to live with the Webbers in the boarding house Frau Webber now runs. The book paints a detailed picture of the times, and of the struggles of the Webber sisters, and of course Mozart, who is no longer a child progidy, to succeed in the musical world. The hopes, dreams and frustrations of each of the sisters are well described, and we learn of Mozart's eventual marriage to another of the sisters. Well worth a read! ( )
  kiwifortyniner | Mar 21, 2009 |
Wonderfully written. ( )
  Clara53 | Feb 10, 2009 |
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"Questo giorno di tormenti, di capricci e di follia, in contenti e in alllegria solo amor puo terminar."

"This day of difficulties, impulse, and silliness can only conclude in happy contentment through love." -from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Finale Act Four first performance, Vienna 1786.
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For Russel in a time of joy.
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I found my sister's wedding hat today in a round box of thin wood at the bottom of my wardrobe.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 014303457X, Paperback)

Amadeus meets Little Women in this irresistibly delightful historical novel by award-winning author Stephanie Cowell. The year is 1777 and the four Weber sisters, daughters of a musical family, share a crowded, artistic life in a ramshackle house. While their father scrapes by as a music copyist and their mother secretly draws up a list of prospective suitors in the kitchen, the sisters struggle with their futures, both marital and musical—until twenty-one-year-old Wolfgang Mozart walks into their lives. Bringing eighteenth-century Europe to life with unforgiving winters, yawning princes, scheming parents, and the enduring passions of young talent, Stephanie Cowell’s richly textured tale captures a remarkable historical figure—and the four young women who engage his passion, his music, and his heart.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:44:06 -0400)

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"Mannheim, 1777. The four Weber sisters, daughters of a musical family, share a crowded, artistic life in a ramshackle house. Their father scrapes by as a music copyist; their mother keeps a book of prospective suitors hidden in the kitchen. The sisters struggle with these marriage prospects as well as their musical futures - until one evening when twenty-one-year-old Wolfgang Mozart walks into their home and their lives." "No longer a prodigy and struggling to find his own place in the music world, Mozart is enthralled with the Weber sisters: Aloysia's beauty and talent captivate him; Josefa's rich voice inspires him; Sophie becomes his confidante; and Constanze comes to play a surprising role in his life. Marrying Mozart is the love story of a remarkable historical figure - and four young women who engaged his passion, his music, and his heart."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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