For the first time in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life, he can't think of a single melody to compose - and he's on a deadline! It's now Monday and he must have a piano concerto composed and ready to perform by Saturday!
doing all he can think of to find inspiration for a melody (including
standing on his head and playing the violin in the bathtub), Mozart is
at a loss - until his beautiful pet starling begins chirping in protest,
wondering why her master hasn't fed her yet.
To Mozart, the
starling's chirping sounds beautiful and melodious, just the theme he
needs for his brand new piano concerto! But when Mozart opens the cage
to feed his lovely pet, she flies away. Now Mozart must search the city
high and low for his muse, discovering melodies and themes along the way
in the street noises of Vienna.
Taking inspiration from a true
story about Mozart, Stephen Costanza takes liberties with actual events
to create this charming picture book about the famous classical
composer. Equally as charming are Costanza's muted yet dreamy
illustrations, accompanied by a tad bit of whimsy thrown in for good
This book could be used at the beginning of a school
year to show students how inspiration is all around us, we just have to
be paying attention. Even the genius of Mozart needed a little help from
time to time.
Mozart Finds a Melody by Stephen Costanza
Published: September 1, 2004
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Genre: Picture Book
Audience: Primary/Middle Grade
Disclosure: Library Book