Isabette Grüber has a gift to share with the world. An accomplished pianist, she longs to compose music during an age when many of the world’s best loved composers are developing their art. She meets and loves two very different people—strong-willed Amelia, an American singer of rare talent with a secret even she does not understand, and Josef Hauser, an ambitious but mediocre composer eager to make his mark in music-obsessed Vienna. Isabette struggles with a manager who sees her as his ticket to more than just money, a mother who resents her, and a sister who succumbs to madness. Through it all, Isabette discovers that the only thing that never lets her down is music in her journey to catch and hold on to her passions in the face of sometimes insurmountable odds.
In this meticulously researched novel, the music of Beethoven, Chopin, and Schubert provides the lush score for a story that catapults readers into the musical salons of Vienna and Paris during the time of the great Romantic composers. As a woman and a composer, Isabette must invent and then follow her own path to becoming A Woman of Note.
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