Mozart's Starling

Mozart's Starling

Book - 2017
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On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto numbers 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the plucky young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet. For three years, the starling lived with Mozart, influencing his work and serving as his companion, distraction, consolation, and muse. Two centuries later, starlings are reviled by even the most compassionate conservationists. A nonnative, invasive species, they invade sensitive habitats, outcompete local birds for nest sites and food, and decimate crops. A seasoned birder and naturalist, Lyanda Lynn Haupt is well versed in the difficult and often strained relationships these birds have with other species and the environment. But after rescuing a baby starling of her own, Haupt found herself enchanted by the same intelligence and playful spirit that had so charmed her favorite composer. In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history's most cherished composers and one of earth's most common birds. The intertwined stories of Mozart's beloved pet and Haupt's own starling provide an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, the secret world of starlings, and the nature of creative inspiration. A blend of natural history, biography, and memoir, Mozart's Starling is a tour de force that awakens a surprising new awareness of our place in the world.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316370899
Characteristics: 277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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VaughanPLLily Jul 21, 2017

Loved it. Very interesting history and facts of Mozart's life and his relationship with the starling. It made me think about the connection between human and animals, as well as the balance between the two. I usually read non-fictions slowly but I finished this in a week. Recommended!

Apr 08, 2017

I love books that talk about the relationships we share with wild and domestic creatures. This lovely book addresses the personal as well as historic aspects of life with a starling companion. I had no idea that Mozart actually fell in love with a starling after hearing it singing a bit of one of his piano concerto's. That story was fascinating but the present tense story is just as delightful in my opinion. Saving a baby starling, hand feeding it and falling in love like Mozart with your tiny winged charge.

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