16 May 2011 2 Comments

The Music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA: Symphony 41


In my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA, Nannerl Mozart, the great composer’s sister, hears this symphony, which is known as the “Jupiter,” for the first time shortly before she’s due to perform one of her brother’s piano concertos. Its sheer genius awakens a fear that her own playing will look at best mediocre…Until one of the other major characters in the novel restores her confidence. Mozart wrote more than 41 symphonies, but only that many have been numbered by musicologists. The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia says that Wolfgang “could not possibly have gone out on a higher note.” Listen to more of the music from MOZART’S LAST ARIA or watch videos about the book.

2 Responses to “The Music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA: Symphony 41”

  1. Daphne 16 May 2011 at 8:58 am #

    I love all of the music you have been posting and am looking forward to reading your book!

  2. Matt Beynon Rees 16 May 2011 at 10:07 am #

    That’s great, Daphne. Some of the pieces I’m posting aren’t as well-known as this one, of course, and I just LOVE every one of them. Which is why I had such a good time writing the novel! I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for writing, and please stay in touch.


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