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Mozart's Starling

Author : Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Publisher : Little, Brown Spark
Page : 288 pages
File Size : 43,7 Mb
Release : 2017-04-04
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780316370875

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Mozart's Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt Pdf

On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the plucky young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet. For three years, the starling lived with Mozart, influencing his work and serving as his companion, distraction, consolation, and muse. Two centuries later, starlings are reviled by even the most compassionate conservationists. A nonnative, invasive species, they invade sensitive habitats, outcompete local birds for nest sites and food, and decimate crops. A seasoned birder and naturalist, Lyanda Lynn Haupt is well versed in the difficult and often strained relationships these birds have with other species and the environment. But after rescuing a baby starling of her own, Haupt found herself enchanted by the same intelligence and playful spirit that had so charmed her favorite composer. In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history's most cherished composers and one of earth's most common birds. The intertwined stories of Mozart's beloved pet and Haupt's own starling provide an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, the secret world of starlings, and the nature of creative inspiration. 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.

Mozart Finds a Melody

Author : Stephen Costanza
Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Page : 40 pages
File Size : 40,5 Mb
Release : 2018-03-29
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 1979771286

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Mozart Finds a Melody by Stephen Costanza Pdf

An imaginative story about Mozart's many inspirations, now in paperback! Wolfgang Mozart must compose a new piano concerto to perform at the famous Burgtheatre in Vienna. But Mozart can't think of a note to write. When he hears his hungry pet starling sing out melodiously, his creativity begins to flow. Before he can put notes to paper, however, his muse escapes through the window, and Mozart is off on a frantic search to bring her back. Will Mozart find both his friend and song in time? Based on a true story about the famous composer and his beloved pet starling, this enchanting tale celebrates inspiration in any form it takes.

Crow Planet

Author : Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Publisher : Little, Brown Spark
Page : 215 pages
File Size : 49,8 Mb
Release : 2009-07-27
Category : Nature
ISBN : 9780316053396

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Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt Pdf

There are more crows now than ever. Their abundance is both an indicator of ecological imbalance and a generous opportunity to connect with the animal world. Crow Planet reminds us that we do not need to head to faraway places to encounter "nature." Rather, even in the suburbs and cities where we live we are surrounded by wild life such as crows, and through observing them we can enhance our appreciation of the world's natural order. Crow Planet richly weaves Haupt's own "crow stories" as well as scientific and scholarly research and the history and mythology of crows, culminating in a book that is sure to make readers see the world around them in a very different way.

The Next Digital Decade

Author : Berin Szoka,Adam Marcus
Publisher : TechFreedom
Page : 578 pages
File Size : 45,5 Mb
Release : 2011-06-10
Category : Computers
ISBN : 9780983820604

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The Next Digital Decade by Berin Szoka,Adam Marcus Pdf

Story-Lives of Great Musicians

Author : William Henry Francis Jameson Rowbotham
Publisher : Library of Alexandria
Page : 368 pages
File Size : 49,7 Mb
Release : 1908
Category : Composers
ISBN : 9781465585271

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Story-Lives of Great Musicians by William Henry Francis Jameson Rowbotham Pdf

A Sudden Light

Author : Garth Stein
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 416 pages
File Size : 45,7 Mb
Release : 2014-09-30
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780857205780

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A Sudden Light by Garth Stein Pdf

From the author of the million-copy bestselling The Art of Racing in the Raincomes the breathtaking and long-awaited new novel. This novel centres on four generations of a once terribly wealthy and influential timber family who have fallen from grace; a mysterious yet majestic mansion, crumbling slowy into the bluff overlooking Puget Sound in Seattle; a love affair so powerful it reaches across the planes of existence; and a young man who simply wants his parents to once again experience the moment they fell in love, hoping that if can feel that emotion again, maybe they won't get divorced after all.

Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds

Author : Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Publisher : Sasquatch Books
Page : 196 pages
File Size : 41,8 Mb
Release : 2004-06-15
Category : Nature
ISBN : 1570614199

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Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds by Lyanda Lynn Haupt Pdf

Naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt, an ornithology teacher and researcher, examines the amazing talents and personalities of the most common of birds. Some birdwatchers will hop the red-eye to Costa Rica if a rare species is reported to be in residence. She makes the argument for sticking close to home. She muses on the tarnished reputation of the starling, the sexed-up antics of male woodpeckers, and the mysterious behavior and startling population explosion of crows in her hometown. Through the eye and voice of this talented writer, birds provide a fascinating point of contact with the natural world at large.

Triumphs and Wonders of the 19th Century: The True Mirror of a Phenomenal Era

Author : James P. Boyd
Publisher : DigiCat
Page : 693 pages
File Size : 40,8 Mb
Release : 2022-08-15
Category : Fiction
ISBN : EAN:8596547178866

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Triumphs and Wonders of the 19th Century: The True Mirror of a Phenomenal Era by James P. Boyd Pdf

DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "Triumphs and Wonders of the 19th Century: The True Mirror of a Phenomenal Era" by James P. Boyd. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.

Life of Mozart

Author : Otto Jahn
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 496 pages
File Size : 50,9 Mb
Release : 1882
Category : Electronic
ISBN : UOM:39015007888988

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Life of Mozart by Otto Jahn Pdf

Brief History of English and American Literature

Author : Henry Augustin Beers
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 646 pages
File Size : 54,7 Mb
Release : 1897
Category : American literature
ISBN : CHI:13590933

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Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry Augustin Beers Pdf

Mozart's Sister

Author : Rita Charbonnier
Publisher : Crown
Page : 336 pages
File Size : 50,7 Mb
Release : 2007-10-09
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9780307405623

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Mozart's Sister by Rita Charbonnier Pdf

Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia Mozart, affectionately called Nannerl by her family, could play the piano with an otherworldly skill from the time she was a child, when her tiny hands seemed too small to encompass a fifth. At the tender age of five, she gave her first public performance, amazing the assembled gentlemen and ladies with the beautiful music she created. But her moment of glory was cut short, for even as her father carried her around to receive their praise, her mother began laboring to bring a second child into the world. After hours of her mother’s pained cries and agonized shouts, which rang in Nannerl’s ears like a terrifying symphony, the child was born. They named him Wolfgang. Nannerl loved him instantly. As they grew, Wolfgang and his sister became inseparable, creating a fantasy world together and playing music the likes of which no one had ever heard. They were two sides of a single person, opposite in temperament—he lighthearted and charismatic, she shy and retiring—but equal in talent. Yet it was Wolfgang who carried their father’s dreams of glory. And as the siblings matured, Nannerl’s prodigious talent was brushed aside by her father. Instead of playing alongside her brother in the world’s great cities, she was forced to stop performing and become a provincial piano teacher to support Wolfgang’s career. Nannerl might have accepted this life in her brother’s shadow but for the appearance of a potential suitor who reawakened her passion for life, for love, for music—and who threatened to upset the delicate balance that kept the Mozart family in harmony. Mozart’s Sister draws you into the lush palaces and salons of eighteenth-century Europe and into the fascinating life of a woman who ultimately found a way to express her own genius.

Survival of the Beautiful

Author : David Rothenberg
Publisher : A&C Black
Page : 320 pages
File Size : 51,8 Mb
Release : 2013-01-01
Category : Art and science
ISBN : 9781408830567

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Survival of the Beautiful by David Rothenberg Pdf

'The peacock's tail makes me sick!' said Charles Darwin. That's because the theory of evolution as adaptation can't explain why nature is so beautiful. It took the concept of sexual selection for Darwin to explain that, a process that has more to do with aesthetic taste than adaptive fitness. Survival of the Beautiful is a revolutionary new examination of the interplay of beauty, art, and culture in evolution. Taking inspiration from Darwin's observation that animals have a natural aesthetic sense, philosopher and musician David Rothenberg probes why animals, humans included, have an innate appreciation for beauty - and why nature is, indeed, beautiful.

One Wild Bird at a Time

Author : Bernd Heinrich
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Page : 268 pages
File Size : 49,6 Mb
Release : 2016-04-12
Category : Nature
ISBN : 9780544386402

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One Wild Bird at a Time by Bernd Heinrich Pdf

Unique encounters with wild birds from the acclaimed scientist and “a dedicated watcher happy to knock down the fourth wall of zoology” (The Wall Street Journal). In his modern classics One Man’s Owl and Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich has written memorably about his relationships with wild ravens and a great horned owl. In One Wild Bird at a Time, Heinrich returns to his great love: close, day-to-day observations of individual wild birds. There are countless books on bird behavior, but Heinrich argues that some of the most amazing bird behaviors fall below the radar of what most birds do in aggregate. Heinrich’s “passionate observations [that] superbly mix memoir and science” lead to fascinating questions—and sometimes startling discoveries (The New York Times Book Review). A great crested flycatcher, while bringing food to the young in their nest, is attacked by the other flycatcher nearby. Why? A pair of Northern flickers hammering their nest-hole into the side of Heinrich’s cabin deliver the opportunity to observe the feeding competition between siblings, and to make a related discovery about nest-cleaning. One of a clutch of redstart warbler babies fledges out of the nest from twenty feet above the ground, and lands on the grass below. It can’t fly. What will happen next? Heinrich “looks closely, with his trademark ‘hands-and-knees science’ at its most engaging, [delivering] what can only be called psychological marvels of knowing” (The Boston Globe). “An engaging memoir of the opportunities for doing scientific research without leaving one’s own backyard.”—Kirkus Reviews

Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent

Author : Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Publisher : Little, Brown
Page : 239 pages
File Size : 54,8 Mb
Release : 2009-09-26
Category : Nature
ISBN : 9780316082969

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Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent by Lyanda Lynn Haupt Pdf

By focusing mostly on the birds Charles Darwin observed, and by brilliantly mining his lesser-known writings, Haupt pens a startlingly fresh exploration of the man's genius that invites readers to look at the world with new eyes.


Author : Peter Shaffer
Publisher : Penguin Classics
Page : 111 pages
File Size : 43,9 Mb
Release : 2007
Category : Composers
ISBN : 0141188898

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Amadeus by Peter Shaffer Pdf

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a genius, the most brilliant musician the world will ever see. But the court of eighteenth-century Vienna doesn t recognize his talents - only Antonio Salieri, the Court Composer, does, and he is tortured by what he hears. Seething with rage at the genius of this flippant buffoon and suddenly aware of his own mediocrity, Salieri declares war and sets out to destroy the man he sees as God s instrument on earth. Peter Shaffer s award-winning play is a rich, exuberant portrayal of a God-like man among mortals, and lives destroyed by envy."