Mozart's Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

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Mozart's Starling Read Online Free - A charming story of Mozart and his pet starling, along with a natural history of the bird.

On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling who sang (an improved version of!) the theme from his Piano Concerto Number 17 in G to him. Knowing a kindred spirit when he met one, Mozart wrote "That was wonderful" in his journal and took the bird home to be his pet. For three years Mozart and his family enjoyed the uniquely delightful company of the starling until one fitful April when the bird passed away.

In 2013, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Crow Planet, rescued her own starling, Carmen, who has become a part of her family. In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely bond between one of history's most controversial characters and one of history's most notoriously disliked birds. Part natural history, part story, Mozart's Starling will delight readers as they learn about language, music, and the secret world of starlings.

A charming story of Mozart and his pet starling, along with a natural history of the bird.

Title : Mozart's Starling
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ISBN : 0316269565
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Pouting rated it ★★★☆☆

April 14, 2017

This was a really unique book, I've never read anything like it. The author raises a starling chick and writes about the experience while also interweaving in the story of Mozart and his starling as well as talking about people's hate for the starling. I really enjoyed the pictures of the starlin...

Nancy rated it ★★★★★

April 23, 2017

"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." from the publisher First I was charmed, then delighted; then I felt educated, and finally, elevated. In beautiful language and uplifting insi...

Kevin rated it ★★★★★

February 07, 2017

Having just read Bernd Heinrich's wonderful book "One Bird at a Time" which contained a chapter about a Starling who befriended the author (actually flew onto his hand and allowed himself to be taken home) and spent a winter at his house (and which also contained an antidote about Mozart's pet St...

Jen rated it ★★★★☆

July 14, 2017

Main take-aways from this book for me are 1) starlings are not the devil. Yes invasive, but we can alter our landscapes to discourage their roosting and lessen their numbers in humane ways. 2) Pigeons, despite being introduced to America via settlers as food sources, are not considered invasive....

Julie rated it ★★★☆☆

January 05, 2018

If you love birds and/or music (especially Mozart), this will likely charm you. If you don't particularly care about either, it may not. As an enthusiastic birdwatcher and bird feeder, I did enjoy Haupt's tale of her hand-caught and raised starling, Carmen. Starlings are smart, personable, funny,...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

January 31, 2018

I picked up this lovely little hardback at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, which claims to be the biggest bookstore in the world. It certainly seemed so to me! I wandered in it for hours and bought far too many books. Lyanda Lynn Haupt is a naturalist and author with several books about birds...

Todd rated it ★★★★★

May 04, 2017

I received my copy of Mozart’s Starling through a goodreads giveaway. This review was originally posted on my blog. In Mozart’s Starling, Lyanda Lynn Haupt has written a fascinating book that teaches about starlings, a bird often hated in North America. We learn their history and how they were int...

Lauren rated it ★★★★★

August 02, 2017

I'm not sure why I entered this giveaway. I have little interest in Mozart. I have about an equal interest in birds. And yet, that is precisely how I know that Lyanda Lynn Haupt has written a beautiful and masterful piece of nonfiction. Without even an ounce of interest in the subject matter, I f...

Sylvia rated it ★★★★★

April 08, 2017

This is an enchanting book, about Mozart, music, language, birds, ecology, and philosophy, too, and the wondrous Intelligence all of our intelligences are a part of. The author's starling, Carmen, is a charming bird, loved by the author and her family, as Mozart loved his starling, whose name in...

Cavak rated it ★★★★☆

June 20, 2017

I put off reading this book at first because I thought that this was just the factual recordings of a home science experiment. And my cat, who absolutely loves sleeping on hard things, kept using it as his pillow for his daily naps on my bed. Whatever, I thought, I'll get around to it. But I did...

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