Mozart Finds a Melody (Hardcover)

By Stephen Costanza

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805066272, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 12, 2004



For the first time in Wolfgang's life, the famous composer was at a loss for a tune. He tried every trick to get his imagination going. He sang standing on his head. He played his violin in the bathtub. He even threw darts at the blank music paper. Alas, nothing worked.

An imaginative story about Mozart's many inspirations

Wolfgang Mozart must compose a new piano concerto to perform at the famous Burgtheatre in Vienna. But Mozart can't think of a note to write. When he hears his hungry pet starling sing out melodiously, his creativity begins to flow. Before he can put notes to paper, however, his muse escapes through the window, and Mozart is off on a frantic search to bring her back. Will Mozart find both his friend and song in time?

Based on a true story about the famous composer and his beloved pet starling, this enchanting tale celebrates inspiration in any form it takes.

About the Author

Stephen Costanza is the illustrator of "Noodle Man: The Pasta Superhero." Having studied piano and music composition, Mr. Costanza was able to combine his love of Mozart, music, and painting in creating this story. This is the first book he has written and illustrated. He lives in Belfast, Maine, with some inspirational pets of his own.