Mozart's starling / Lyanda Lynn Haupt.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Explores the unlikely bond between the famous Austrian composer and his pet starling, providing an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, and the nature of creative inspiration.
    • Content Notes:
      Prelude: A plague of inspiration -- One: The starling of Seattle -- Two: Mozart and the musical thief -- Three: Uninvited guest, unexpected wonder -- Four: What the starling said -- Five: The starling of Vienna -- Six: How the starling knew -- Seven: Chomsky's starling -- Interlude: The heart of time for birds and Mozart -- Eight: Birds of a feather -- Nine: Mozart's ear and the music of the spheres -- Finale: Three funerals and a flight of fancy -- Coda.
    • Notes:
      "May 2017"--Title page verso.
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-276).
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    • ABNT:
      HAUPT, L. L. Mozart’s starling. [s.l.] : Little, Brown and Company, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 20 set. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Haupt LL. Mozart’s Starling. Little, Brown and Company; 2017. Accessed September 20, 2019.
    • APA:
      Haupt, L. L. (2017). Mozart’s starling. Little, Brown and Company. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Haupt, Lyanda Lynn. 2017. Mozart’s Starling. Little, Brown and Company.
    • Harvard:
      Haupt, L. L. (2017) Mozart’s starling. Little, Brown and Company. Available at: (Accessed: 20 September 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Haupt, LL 2017, Mozart’s starling, Little, Brown and Company, viewed 20 September 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Haupt, Lyanda Lynn. Mozart’s Starling. Little, Brown and Company, 2017. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Haupt, Lyanda Lynn. Mozart’s Starling. Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Haupt LL. Mozart’s starling [Internet]. Little, Brown and Company; 2017 [cited 2019 Sep 20]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2017 April #2

*Starred Review* Starlings are probably the most reviled bird in North America. Introduced from England in the 1890s, they have since spread across the continent, displacing native birds and causing millions of dollars in crop damage every year. But when naturalist and author Haupt (Urban Bestiary, 2013) remembered that Mozart kept a pet starling, a not-uncommon practice in eighteenth-century Europe, she embarked on a journey to follow the tale of the famed composer and his pet bird. Realizing that to fully understand how Mozart could be influenced by his starling, as recent examinations of his music have shown, she needed to live with a starling herself. Thus begin the parallel tales of Carmen (Latin for "song") and Mozart's starling, who Haupt refers to as Star. Although the author hand-reared Carmen, Mozart purchased the adult Star from a bird dealer after hearing the bird sing the motif from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G. This hard-to-put-down, charming blend of science, biography, and memoir illuminating the little-known story of the composer and his beloved bird is enlivened by the immediacy of Haupt's tales of Carmen, and brimming with starling information, travelogues, and historical details about Mozart's Vienna. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 April #1

Haupt (The Urban Bestiary) intertwines the story of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's starling with her own story of living with one of America's most hated birds, the starling. Mozart discovered his bird in a 1780s Vienna pet shop singing a tune from his latest concerto; when it died, he arranged an elaborate ceremony complete with dramatic elegy. This book is part history (the origin of North American starlings), part natural history (the habits and psychology of starlings, from both personal experience and the scientific literature), and part whimsical imagining of how the bird might have lived within the busy Mozart household. Along the way, Haupt discusses the changing view of pets in Mozart's time, the nature of language (the starling as a challenge to linguist Noam Chomsky), Mozart's A Musical Joke as starling-inspired, a consideration of whether birdsong is music, and the meaning of three funerals: that of Mozart's father, his starling, and the composer himself. VERDICT This entertaining, well-written, and thought-provoking examination is highly recommended to pet owners (especially bird enthusiasts), ornithologists, and lovers of classical music, especially Mozart's works.—Bruce R. Schueneman, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Kingsville

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.