8 May 2011 0 Comments

The Music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA: Piano sonata in A minor

In the first chapter of MOZART’S LAST ARIA, my new historical thriller, Nannerl Mozart plays the disturbing, frenetic opening movement of the sonata for piano in A minor, which her brother Wolfgang wrote just after his mother’s death. I used this piece as the framework for my novel. I built the opening of the book, where Nannerl learns of the great composer’s death, around the jarring first movement; Nannerl’s investigation at the heart of the novel is the pensive central movement; and the final movement resolves many of the discordances of the sonata’s opening, just as the final scenes of the novel tie up the questions posed about Wolfgang’s death. For more videos of the music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA.

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