In the 1770’s, when Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was struggling to find a sponsor to enable him to write operas, a family of four girls entered the picture. He was living in Mannheim at the time and was brought to the home of the Weber family, for their Thursday evening concerts. It was there that he developed a relationship with the family that would ultimately result in his marriage to Constanza Weber.
The idea for the book is fabulous – Mozart’s relationship with these girls and his simultaneous struggles and rise to stardom. Unfortunately, it was missing most of the points necessary for a successful piece of historical fiction. The characters were flat and uninteresting. There was virtually no description of the place or the times, at least none that stuck with me. And lastly, there was no history of Mozart or the Weber sisters that you couldn’t read on wikipedia.
1 star (out of 5)
Published in 2004