The Other Mozart: Poems

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A collection of poems looks at the life of Mozart's sister, Maria Anna.

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Sharon Chmielarz has published two books of poetry with New Rivers Press and a chapbook with Poetry Harbor. Individual poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Ontario Review, The American Voice, Cumberland Poetry Review, and many other periodicals. Her children's books have been published by Stemmer House, Crown, and Ticknor and Fields, and her travel memoirs anthologized in The House on Via Gombito, Talking of Hands, and An Inn Near Kyoto. She lives in Minneapolis.

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Wolfgang's sister Maria Anna--Nannerl, as the family called her--is the subject of this absorbing biography-in-poems. Five years older than Wolfgang, she was his partner in a piano duo that toured Europe. When she reached adolescence, father Leopold withdrew her from performance. He recognized that Wolfgang, a phenomenal composer as well as performer, would be more lucrative as a solo act, while Nannerl could be prepared to marry well. She did, but not to the man she loved, and she never lost her love of music. She died in 1829; only her son, Leopold, survived her. In the poems, Chmielarz adopts many perspectives on her life, including Nannerl's own (but excepting Wolfgang's), and she touches on every important occurrence in her life. She writes in many forms--couplets, tercets, quatrains, etc.--but eschews regular meters and rhyme, and she neatly modulates diction to distinguish the personas of the poems' speakers. She never rants about women's oppression in Nannerl's time because the poems so artfully dramatize it. Extraordinary. Ray Olson
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