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What Music!

The Fifty-year Friendship between Beethoven and Nannette Streicher, Who Built His Pianos

"In a tall, narrow building on a wide avenue pianos plinked and plunked day and night. Everyone in quiet Augsburg knew the Stein home. What music!" In 1787, aspiring yet unknown composer Ludwig van Beethoven arrives at young Nannette Stein’s home. What follows is a decades-long friendship that persists whether life hits a low or high note.

Meet best friends acclaimed composer Ludwig van Beethoven and bold female entrepreneur Nannette Streicher in this lively and lyrical nonfiction picture book. The author of picture book biography Fearless World Traveler, Lawlor masterfully uses forgotten historical letters, a glossary, and rich back matter on both friends’ lives and art to introduce readers to musical history and — herstory.

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"This beautifully written, though lengthy, account rightfully brings a lesser-known historical personality to wider attention.... Gorgeous gouache and colored-pencil illustrations bring the detailed period artworks to radiant life. Music lovers will rejoice over this worthy title." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Laurie Lawlor
Illustrator Becca Stadtlander
ISBN 0823451437
Publication Date Oct 24, 2023
Publisher Holiday House
Language English