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Mozart's Starling (Hardcover)

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Mozart had a starling, and so does Lyanda Lynn Haupt, who stole hers from a soon-to-be-destroyed nest while watching for errant soccer players. Carmen was meant to be a research aid, a connection to Mozart’s pet. She soon came to be much more, the bright spot of love and delight at the center of this book that explores history, science, music theory, linguistics, astrophysics, and yes, Mozart. Delightful, informative, playful, and cosmic, Mozart’s Starling connects humanity to a natural, harmonious order, starting with a starling.

— Jocelyn

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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.

About the Author


Lyanda Lynn Haupt is an ecophilosopher, naturalist, and author of several books, including The Urban Bestiary, Crow Planet, Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent, and Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds. A winner of the Washington State Book Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, she lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316370899
ISBN-10: 0316370894
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English

 

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