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The music of my Mozart thriller

The music of my Mozart thriller


Posted By on Jun 7, 2016

In a Mozart thriller, the music is naturally one of the most important elements. You might even say it’s one of the leading characters. Certainly it’s the focal point of Nannerl Mozart’s life. Here are links to some of Wolfgang’s pieces I used in the book In the Prologue, young Wolfgang hears his Aunt Nannerl singing an aria called “Vedrai carino” (“You will see, my dear”). In the opera Don Giovanni, the aria is sung by a young woman...

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My historical thriller ‘Mozart’s Last Aria’ grew from an idea I had in the place where the great composer’s sister lived In 2003 I took a break from covering the violence of the Palestinian intifada to travel to Austria and the Czech Republic with my wife. I had seen some terrible things and lived through some dangerous moments. I wanted to experience some calm in the mountains, see some beautiful cities, and...

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How to use historical objects in fiction without making them into fetishes In writing historical fiction, there are two main traps to avoid. One is the bugbear of every historical fiction reader, anachronistic dialogue (Such as: “No way,” said King Henry VIII.) The other is being too showy about your historical research. We’ve all bumped into a sentence that’s loaded with historical fact and pays no attention...

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Rescuing Caravaggio from a Bad Rap


Posted By on Jun 12, 2012

He was a raging psycho, an uncontrollably lustful homosexual, and a bit of a bitch. Somehow he also managed to produce some of the most sensitive and innovative art ever painted, much of it clearly based on a sophisticated understanding of theology and optical science. For many art historians and almost all creative artists writing about or otherwise depicting Caravaggio, the gay psycho bitch has predominated. But I wasn’t drawn to...

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