Random House, Inc. By the time she was 12, she was considered one of the finest pianists in Europe, but today few people know her name. Maria Mozart, like her famous brother Wolfgang, was a musical prodigy. The talented siblings toured Europe, playing before kings and empresses, were showered with gifts and favors, and lived in a whirlwind life of music and travel. They were best friends, collaborators, and confidantes. As they grew older, Wolfgang was encouraged to pursue his musical ambitions, while Maria was told she must stop performing and, ultimately, marry. But she was determined to continue playing the piano every day, for the love of music . . . .
Baker & Taylor Looks at the life of Maria Anna Mozart, the older sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a musical prodigy in her own right, who was forced by their father to put aside her talent and become a piano teacher to support his ambitious plans for her brother.