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Lyanda Lynn Haupt
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Mozart's Starling

Lyanda Lynn Haupt


Little Brown

Individual composers & musicians, bands & groups;
Mathematics & Sciences;
Wildlife: birds & birdwatching;
Birds, including cage birds, as pets


288 pages

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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 April morning 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.

By:   Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 204mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 33mm
ISBN:   9781472153050
ISBN 10:   1472153057
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Mozart's Starling is a delightful, enlightening, breathless flight through the worlds of Carmen and Star, two European starlings who join their human counterparts in exploring life and music and nature, helping to shed light on the connection between humans and birds-those of us bound to terra firma, and those of us who are free to soar Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Sudden Light Mozart's Starling sparkles with imagination, emotion, and insight. Thank you, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, for showing us the delight and magic of a starling. Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology and The Soul of an Octopus

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