Mozarts Sister: A Novel

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Mozarts Sister: A Novel

Mozarts Sister: A Novel

Product Description The fascinating life of Wolfgangs older sister, Nannerlwhose talent may have equaled her brothers Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia Mozart, affectionately called Nannerl by her family, could play the piano with an otherworldly skill from the time she was a child. At the tender age of ?ve, she gave her ?rst public performance, amazing the assembled gentlemen and ladies with the beautiful music she created. Yet it was her brother, Wolfgang, who carried their fathers dreams of glory. As the siblings matured, Nannerls prodigious talent was brushed aside. Instead of playing alongside her brother in the worlds great cities, she was forced to stop performing and become a provincial piano teacher to support Wolfgangs career. Nannerl might have accepted this life in her brothers shadow but for the appearance of a potential suitor who reawakened her passion for life, for love, for musicand who threatened to upset the delicate balance that kept the Mozart family in harmony. Review A moving tribute to the spirit of a forgotten sibling. Music imbues every gripping page, and in revealing Nannerl, Charbonnier also gives us a different view of Mozart, both rounding out and exploding the myths of his brief, tragic life. Susanne Dunlap, author of Emilies Voice and Liszts Kiss A dysfunctional family, sex scandals, and true love?eighteenth-century Europe was a far different world from ours, yet Rita Charbonniers skill and verve make us feel at home, and we cheer for the brilliant, resilient Nannerl as she struggles to become much more than Mozarts sister. Karen Harper, author of The Last Boleyn If you sympathized with Salieri when you watched Amadeus, wait until you find out what happened to Nannerl, Mozarts sister. As brilliantly talented as her younger brother, she had a famous musical career that was ruthlessly turned into a mere addendum to his. Mozarts Sister brings an intriguing woman back to life. India Edghill, author of Wisdoms Daughter About the Author RITA CHARBONNIER lives in Rome. She has studied piano and opera singing. This is her first novel. Excerpt. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter 1 The Kingdom of Back I. Please, my love, lets go home . . . call a carriage, quickly, murmured the woman sitting wearily on a chair, pressing her stomach with her hands as if trying to hold it in. Her husband didnt answer; he was waiting for the harpsichordist, whose playing was execrable, to finish her ridiculous performance. As she caressed the keys, she moved her shoulders gently and smiled, opening and closing her lips. Every nobleman could be sure that he could approach those lips, and enjoy them, and enjoy her entire body: he had only to ask. My dear, Im serious . . . we had better leave. Just a moment, he said in annoyance, as feeble applause broke out. Then he turned and jumped up. Where did she go? There, look . . . but dont let it last too long, please. With a leap, the man reached the child who was squatting in a corner, absorbed, as she repeatedly opened and closed a fan; he tore it from her hand, made her stand up, and adjusted her dress. Be good, Nannerl . . . as you always are, my angel, he begged her, with a tremor of anxiety in his voice, while her blue eyes gazed into his and she uttered some strange monosyllables. She was odd, that girl. Anyone who didnt know her well might have thought she was slow-witted. Are you ready? She nodded, still muttering to herself. Then go. Now! The whisper was lost in the breeze of chatter that began to blow through the salon. The little girl trotted over to the stool in front of the harpsichord, and with some effort climbed up onto it. Excuse me . . . most noble ladies, honorable gentlemen, a moment of your attention, if you please! Suddenly the chattering stopped, and all eyes were directed toward the stranger. He was certainly not an aristocrat; who kn

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