Mozart’s Sister – Book Review

Mozart’s Sister by Nancy Moser

After reviewing another book by Nancy Moser, “Washington’s Lady,” I was offered her other works of historical fiction by her publisher, BethanyHouse.  I have yet to start her book on Jane Austen, but I am very glad I took “Mozart’s Sister” with me on vacation over Christmas.

Other than some of his music, I knew essentially nothing about Mozart and even less about the rest of his family.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how Moser made Mozart, his parents, and his sister, Nannerl, come alive.  Nannerl was a musician nearly equally as talented as Wolfgang and the two of them traveled extensively with their parents as young children, performing from their home in Austria as far away as London for royalty and commoners alike.

As Nannerl grows older, however, her father focuses more and more on her brother’s talent and largely discounts hers.  He gives her no time to attempt composing and begins taking Wolfgang out for performances on his own without her.  Nannerl struggles to reconcile her talent with the role assigned to her as a woman by society.

I really, really enjoyed “Mozart’s Sister.”  I liked and believed Nannerl and was fascinated by the subject, place, and time period I knew little about.  As much as I enjoyed “Washington’s Lady,” I think that “Mozart’s Sister” is an even better work.

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14 comments to Mozart’s Sister – Book Review

  • I will keep my eyes open for this one. I don’t know a whole lot about Mozart, except that I love his work. It is a wonderful gift to read a good book and learn something along the way!

  • Kathy

    All I know about Mozart I learned from the movie Amadeus, and I’m not sure it was totally accurate. This book sounds good.

  • How interesting! I know very little about Mozart either. This sounds like a good one. Thank you for the great review.

  • Hi, I read Mozart’s Sister last summer and loved it! It is hard to read something like that and then think about all the talent/skill that has been lost through the years due to just being female.

    Great review!

  • I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Plus, the cover looks beautiful. I wish I had a dress like that. :p

    I’ve tagged you for a meme, if you are interested.

    ~ Popin

  • Thanks for the great review. Nancy Moser’s Mozart’s Sister has been on my tbr pile for a while now and I’m looking forward to reading it. Incidentally I recently purchased Just Jane and picked up a used copy of Rita Charbonnier’s Mozart’s Sister. It will be interesting to compare the two.

  • I have this on the TBR pile…glad to know you enjoyed it. She has another coming out this year about Elizabeth Barrett.

  • I’m glad you enjoyed this one. It sounds interesting!

  • My knowledge of Mozart is limited to his music. Out of all the composers I’ve always found his flute solos to be the most difficult. Then again that might just be my perception because I never did manage to master the Mozart solo that I worked on for a few years in high school.

    I love the cover of this book! It looks like fun historical fiction.

  • I read an article about Mozart’s sister a few months ago. Really interesting history. It would be fun to read this account.

  • I have this on my list. It sounds really neat!

  • I think I’ll have to pick up both of her books….sounds wonderful!

  • I don’t know much about the man other than his music. This sounds like a wonderful book! You just added another book to my TBR.

  • Ania

    Sounds like a good book! I recently saw a film in the same vein: Immortal Beloved, about Beethoven and the search for his heir. I love learning about historical personages through fiction, although it’s hard to be sure how accurate it is. I’m reading Philippa Gregory’s The Other Queen, and her portrayal of Mary Queen of Scots is so much different from the film Elizabeth: The Golden Age. It makes you want to pick up a non-fiction book!

    /stream-of-consciousness ramble