Fiction, Mystery, Warner-Gertrude Chandler

#779 The Mystery of the Stolen Music created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Mystery of the Stolen Music created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Mystery of the Stolen Music created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The orchestra is coming to town and for some reason the Alden children have a backstage pass to the whole deal. One of the Alden’s, Violet, wants to play her violin for the first violinist in the orchestra. This performance is going to be extra special because the orchestra has a piece of Mozart’s sheet music, a real piece, one he actually wrote out by hand. It’s worth a lot of money.

People start acting weird and, of course, the sheet music goes missing. Who took it? It’s worth a lot of money so the motive is pretty obvious, but who would do such a thing? There’s the forgetful conductor, maybe he misplaced it? Someone broke into his room though, so it seems a thief is in the midst of the orchestra. The first violinist also acts weird, but maybe it’s just a coincidence. Really, who stole the Mozart music?

What I liked

I like music. I also like classical music, perhaps because I’ve played the piano for about eighteen-nineteen years now. I miss playing immensely so stories about music and performing are quite satisfying to me. I actually just went to a concert, The Piano Guys, and enjoyed myself a whole lot. I think they’re a bit more fun than a general orchestra would be, but the orchestra can be delightful as well.

I kind of like the whole “fan-girling over Mozart” thing that was going on in this story. No doubt, sheet music actually written by Mozart’s hand is worth a whole lot of money, a whole darn lot, but most people would be like, “Big freaking deal.” Besides, Mozart wasn’t the guy people fan-girled over back in the day, it was Franz Liszt, just go Google a picture of that man when he was young and tell me you don’t want to lie down on top of his piano and… this is a review of a children’s book, moving on.

What I didn’t like

Let’s be realistic here–no one is going to be carrying around sheet music written by Mozart in their suit jacket. I looked it up. If you happen to have some sheet music written in Mozart’s hand, you just might be able to make yourself over 4.34 million dollars, and that was in 1987. So adjusting for inflation…let’s see…carry the one…it’s a whole lot of money–a whole lot of money that someone isn’t going to let you carry around in your suit jacket.

This whole scenario is quite unlikely. People would touch sheet music written by Mozart with white-gloved hands in an archive room, in a museum, not in a questionable hotel room.

Yeah, it would be a really high-profile theft case, but children wouldn’t be solving it. There would be police and detectives galore,  and maybe  even some private ninja investigators hired by the rich person that had their sheet music stolen.


Oh Mozart, you silly goose.

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#779 The Mystery of the Stolen Music created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks


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