A young adult book that provides information about the brilliant composer Mozart, his renowned opera The Magic Flute, & the Salzburg Austria Marionette Theater in Austria. Provides a brief biography of Mozart, telling of the few joys & the overwhelming problems that filled his short life, & of how he came to write his last opera, The Magic Flute. Tells the story of that opera, with stunning full-color photos of a production by the Salzburg Marionette Theater. Also tells something about the theater itself -- how it came into being, how its puppets are made, & how its performances are staged. Full-color illustrations.
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Gr. 5^-9. Switzer's book is really three stories in one--all linked by the genius of Mozart. The author first tells the story of Mozart's life from its inauspicious beginnings to its too-abrupt ending. Along the way, readers gain outstanding insights into Mozart's complex personality, his awe-inspiring talent, and his never-ending struggle to make ends meet. Second, Switzer provides a child-friendly libretto of the opera The Magic Flute, enhanced by photographs of the Salzburg Marionettes in performance. The third section introduces the Salzburg Marionette Theater, which specializes in Mozart operas. The audience for this book is slim, perhaps, but this is a fine biography in which Mozart becomes accessible--a real person full of integrity and ability, as well as pride and irresponsibility. Costas' photographs of the marionettes are dramatically lighted and composed, and the inside scoop on puppetry should appeal to young would-be puppeteers. Julie Yates WaltonFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 6 Up?A lavish book that combines biographical material, the story of Mozart's most famous opera, and detailed information on the world-renowned Salzburg Marionettes. Switzer first presents an accurate, enthusiastic portrait of the maestro. There are no illustrations in this section, but the coverage is detailed and complete. Part two, with white type on black pages, presents impressive full-color photographs of the Salzburg Marionettes in a production of The Magic Flute. The story is beautifully told and the closeup shots of the puppets are exquisite. Part three explains puppetry in general and the Salzburg company in particular. A few small black-and-white photographs depict the backstage operations and costumes. This fine offering is a special title for music lovers and serious students of the opera.?Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
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Book Description Atheneum, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0788196839
Book Description Atheneum, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition edition. 90 pages. 9.70x9.40x0.60 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0788196839