My Mozart, a new release from Juliet Waldron, author of the
highly acclaimed Mozart’s Wife.
Mozart was her teacher, her mentor, her
rescuer–and, finally, fatally, her lover. ..
At dawn, in the marble
palace of a Prince, a nine-year-old sings for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then at
the peak of his career. Always delighted by musical children, he accepts Nanina
as a pupil. Gifted, intense and imaginative, she sees the great “Kapellmeister
Mozart” as an avatar of Orpheus and her own, personal divinity.
lessons are irregular and playful, but the teacher/pupil bond grows strong.
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro premieres, and Nanina, now twelve, is given a
solo part. For her, this is the beginning of a long stage career. For Mozart, it
marks the start of his ruin. His greatest works will be composed in poverty and
During the composer’s last summer, his wife has left him.
Chronically in debt and suffering the emotional isolation of genius, he takes
refuge with his disreputable Volksoper friends, who want him to write a “peasant
opera” for their audience. Nanina, now grown, and still in love with Mozart, is
among their number. As he seeks solace among the women of the Volksoper, the
charms of his young fan become increasingly alluring. No one, least of all the
composer, understands the depth of her obsession or how a brief affair will
permanently alter her life.
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