Mozart’s Starling

Mozart's Starling Author Lyanda Lynn Haupt
ISBN-10 0316370894
ISBN-13 9780316370899
Year 2017-04-04
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
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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 no 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

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