Mozart's Starling

Mozart s Starling A charming story of Mozart and his pet starling along with a natural history of the bird On May th Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling who sang an improved version of t

  • Title: Mozart's Starling
  • Author: Lyanda Lynn Haupt
  • ISBN: 9780316269568
  • Page: 413
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 toA 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.

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    1. 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 starling because animal pictures are always a big hit with me and it was fun reading the experience of raising the chick. Also I didn't know about Mozart and his starling so that was cool. The book also made so [...]

    2. "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 publisherFirst I was charmed, then delighted; then I felt educated, and finally, elevated. In beautiful language and uplifting insight, Mozart's Starling is my most unexpected find of the year. I loved every page.The book is a wonderful blend of subjects. A nature study of the starling and its ability to mimic; a memoir of life with [...]

    3. 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 Starling), I was excited when my lovely librarian wife brought home an ARC of this book this weekend from the ALA conference in Atlanta.It turned out to be a wonderful book about Mozart, Starlings, music, [...]

    4. 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. Weird, cuz I see WAAAAY more of them then any other bird I feel. 3) Starlings are close to endangered in Europe. Go figure. Maybe we should get endangered species and introduce them into not their natura [...]

    5. 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, vocal and quite delightful one-on-one, rather like the author, I think - Haupt and Carmen are both good company. Haupt is very good at covering acres of biological and ornithological research in a brigh [...]

    6. 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 under her belt. Mozart’s Starling – her fifth – was inspired by a beguiling anecdote about the 18th century composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The story goes that, in 1784, Mozart encountered a [...]

    7. I received my copy of Mozart’s Starling through a 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 introduced to North America, and we learn about their behaviors, skills, and habits. But this book is also a story about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, about his life, family, and inspiration, about his music and perh [...]

    8. 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 fell in love with every word of this book. It's fascinating, it's mindful, it's serene, it's funny, and it's absolutely stunning. I should have finished it in about three days. I, instead, took a week and [...]

    9. 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 not known. Beautifully written.

    10. I know nothing about music, and my wife hates birds, so Lyanda Lynn Haupt’s book Mozart’s Starling was the perfect book for me to read. Hmm. Let me start over. I have had a lifelong curiosity about animal behavior, positive there was so much more there than we were willing to admit, and I have been fascinated by what makes genius, how one individual could so far outpace the rest of humanity and then open our eyes or our ears or our minds in such ways as to give new dimension to our entire sp [...]

    11. A fascinating story, about Mozart's musical pet starling and how starlings, possibly the most hated bird, are resilient, extraordinary animals. Most of the book is about Carmen, a starling Haupt guerilla rescues and raises. It is research but Carmen soon becomes a member of Haupt's family. Her personality, inquisitive and affectionate as well as her mimicry lead Haupt to wonder how a small bird may have influenced Mozart's work, including A Musical Joke and one of his most famous characters and [...]

    12. When Mozart was alive, people kept song birds in their homes. Mozart did too. He bought a bird, a starling, that he heard singing a passage from on of his works. The mystery is that the work had yet to be performed. So where/how had the bird learned the passage? Ms. Haupt, a bird lover, rescues/steals a baby starling and raises it in her home. She learns many things about starlings and Mozart while researching her book. I am particularly horrified by the idea of having a bird in the house let al [...]

    13. This is a book to savor. And it has so much to savor! Carmen, Haupt's clever, charming, sociable starling, is the star of the book. Her behavior is so delightful, and her ability to mimic so precise, that Haupt is not at all surprised that Mozart loved his own pet starling - which may have sung a snippet of his own concerto to him in the store where he bought it. Details of Mozart's life and music, information and observations of usually-reviled starlings, poetry, linguistics, and the nature of [...]

    14. I loved this book, but will you? I'm guessing you will love Mozart's Starling if: you love music or birds, especially if you love both; you enjoy nature/environmental writing--from classics like Thoreau's Walden Pond Rachel Carson's Silent Spring to recently published The Ogallala Road by Julene Bair and The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben; you are someone who believes everything is connected and therefore it makes sense to you when someone explores a question (What is the Starling and w [...]

    15. I love Lyanda Lynn Haupt books, and this was no exception. She is equal parts biologist, philosopher and mystic. It it is, it seems to me, the best way to write about nature.

    16. 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 want to do something with it soon. It kept jabbing me in the ribs when I rolled around in my sleep. So one lazy Saturday afternoon when the power went out, again, I let my cat lazily roll off the front c [...]

    17. Someone I haven't seen or even much corresponded with for years contacted me saying that I'd probably like this book. It is not hard to sell me on Mozartiana, and the specificity of that recommendation also seemed promising.The book turned out to be another Unexpected Memoir, less about Mozart than about the author's own efforts to keep a starling as a house pet, with some other asides into miscellaneous starling lore (e.g how starlings' use of song informs linguists' views of language, or the e [...]

    18. I won a copy of this book.I enjoyed this quirky little book. Haupt discovers that Mozart had a Starling and thus started her quest to find out more about this despised bird. Such a neat, interesting read and I highly recommend it. Reminds me of "The Sounds of a Wild Snail Eating" by Elizabeth Tova Bailey.

    19. "This book would have taken me half as long to write if it were not for one fact: most of it was composed with a starling perched on my shoulder. Or at least in the vicinity of my shoulder. Sometimes she was standing on top of my head. Sometimes she was nudging the tips of my fingers as they attempted to tap the computer keys. Sometimes she was defoliating the Post-it notes from books where I had carefully placed them to mark passages essential to the chapter I was working on—she would stand t [...]

    20. I was fortunate to receive an ARC copy of this book. 4.5 StarsThis is a lovely book, and I'm sorry to be putting this review up on a date that seems to be late for its publication. The ARC I received said the book published May 16, 2017!Haupt interweaves her own tale of raising a starling fledgling, Carmen, with that of a starling, who we'll call "Star," owned by composer Wolfgang Mozart, for several years. Mozart was intrigued by the poor caged starling, who had learned some of Mozart's music a [...]

    21. [I received this book in a giveaway, and that does not impact my review in any way.]I'd actually put this in the high 3s. The writing is very readable, and we get to know a lot about starlings and about Mozart, but (understandably, because of how much time has passed and the difficulty in finding accurate records) we don't learn much of the relationship between Mozart and his starling, and the starling's impact on Mozart as a man and a composer. If this book only encompassed that subject, it wo [...]

    22. A delightful book that's kind of hard to describe. In setting out to tell the story of Mozart's pet starling, Haupt flits and floats among a series of topics related to birds, music and people.In order to understand more fully the experience of "owning" a starling, Haupt goes and gets her own baby starling from a next, shortly before it's scheduled to be removed by a park cleaning crew. She describes what it's like raising and relating to a mostly wild animal, albeit one that seems quite attache [...]

    23. I wasn't sure where to shelf this book when I finished it--memoir? biography? philosophy? nature? Actually, it is all of those things, and more. This is one of the most unique books I have ever read. The author, inspired by Mozart, decides to keep a starling for a pet. She alternates between documenting her own experiences with her starling, Carmen, and Mozart's experiences with his starling, Star. In doing so, she synthesizes information from scholarly sources, her own travels, and Mozart's let [...]

    24. ***I received my copy through Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.***Wow, I didn't know that bird people despise starlings so much, or that they're technically an invasive species. This is an interesting story split between the author's experience with rescue birds, and Mozart's musical inspiration from a pet starling. This is a thought-provoking philosophical and ethical question embedded in the story: Even if a species is common and possibly invasive, do we have the right to eradicate [...]

    25. Sweet little book, but I could only give it 3 stars due to the author hammering home the point about starlings being North America's most hated bird. You only need to say it once. Also there is mention of animal cruelty in this book. I don't need to hear about people shooting & drowning birds and taking enjoyment out of it. I didn’t feel this needed to be included.The author also mentions she would like to see the total erasure of starlings from North America, as they are an invasive & [...]

    26. In the spirit of research, the author decides to raise a baby starling--and she hooks her readers from the word go. It is historical fact that Mozart himself owned a pet starling, and that this starling was able to whistle a bit of one of his own compositions. Haupt discusses the reasons for the common hatred of this astonishingly brilliant bird, and describes the self-proclaimed bird and animal lovers who kill starlings with no conscience. Wildlife refuge centers will not take injured or young [...]

    27. So charming and interesting.The author and her family hand-reared a starling, inspired by the pet starling that Mozart had (he named him Star). I'm a sucker for books like this, and enjoyed learning about Mozart as well as the adventures Haupt is having with her Carmen. I had no idea starlings were such mimics! I have been impressed in the past with the variety of sounds they make, but now I am starting to really listen and see if I can figure out their inspiration. There are some that nest in t [...]

    28. What a fascinating and surprising book! I learned so much about Starlings and Mozart and the history of pet birds and nature and birdsong! So beautifully written and very enjoyable. I don't read very many non-fiction books, so I am very glad I read this one! I now have to listen to several of Mozart's works and Starling songs. One of my favorite quotes from p.235: "It is from this beautiful, feral place that we are able to respond to the breath of inspiration that summons us to the fulness of ou [...]

    29. The author decided to raise a starling to see what it was like when she learned Mozart had a starling as a pet. At the time of Mozart, having a starling or similar bird live in the house was the normal. The author had some experience with raising very young birds so she decided to get a starling from a nest and raise it and live with it. Most think of starlings as pests and birds that need to be gone or at least thinned out. In other words destroyed. Mozart and the author both loved their starli [...]

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