THE BOY WHO LOVED MUSIC by David Lasker

THE BOY WHO LOVED MUSIC

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The composition of Haydn's ""Farewell"" symphony has been blown up into the story of a young horn player who, along with the other musicians in Prince Esterhazy's orchestra, longs for the Prince to quit his summer palace and return to Vienna, so that they can rejoin their families and friends. This somewhat less than immediate and compelling situation is further expanded into a panoramic view of an 18th-century court via particulars on customs and dress. The story itself comes to a tardy climax when, at the conclusion of Haydn's new symphony, the musicians depart one by one and the Prince takes the hint--but most children will have taken their leave long before. The text is stodgy and styleless (""In the evening there was a masked ball, a popular form of entertainment for the nobility""), the illustrations mundanely illustrate.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1979
Publisher: Viking