Sprite doesn’t like Mozart anymore. She always liked his music before we read his biography. But now she doesn’t like him at all. And it’s all because he’s a child prodigy. He’s too perfect. She says she doesn’t like perfect people.
Although I’m a huge fan of the Opal Wheeler composer biographies, I do have to agree with Sprite that the Mozart one is a tad, well, boring. His childhood was so perfect and so charmed that it makes for a lifeless story. Compared to Haydn who worked his way up from poverty to fame, Mozart’s life is just dull. Traveling from one palace to the next, effortlessly churning out composition after composition… sigh. There was no conflict whatsoever to make the story suspenseful.
Sprite seemed to resent the fact that Mozart could crank out musical pieces at ages much younger than her own 10 years. During our study of Mozart I learned that her piano teacher uses Mozart to taunt the students when they haven’t practiced. He says something like, “You can’t play this? How old are you? Mozart was writing music more complicated than this when he was five!” [Thanks, Mr. Piano teacher, for ruining our composer study with a resentment towards Mozart.]
I assume that as she matures, she’ll come around to liking Mozart again. I personally love his music!
We used an assortment of resources — 2 discs I bought locally as well as a disc I brought from America (bought at at thrift store). I got free notebooking pages to record facts about Mozart’s life and music. You can get all the details at Mozart Composer Study.