31 October 2011 0 Comments

MOZART’S LAST ARIA book trailer

My new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA is narrated by the great composer’s sister Nannerl. After her brother dies, Nannerl comes to Vienna to find out how it happened. She uncovers some sinister characters and a secret hidden in The Magic Flute. The book’s published in the US Nov. 1 by HarperCollins. Here’s a trailer for […]

31 October 2011 0 Comments

Me, Mozart and the intifada

If there had never been a Palestinian intifada, I might never have written my novel about the death of Mozart, MOZART’S LAST ARIA, which is published Nov. 1 in the US by HarperCollins. Of course, 4,000 people would also be alive who are now dead. In the course of writing about that destruction between 2000 […]

23 September 2011 1 Comment

Kirkus: MOZART’S LAST ARIA ‘beautiful’

The forthcoming issue of Kirkus Reviews gives my novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA, which will be out in the US in November, a starred review: “Rees nails the details of Mozart’s Vienna with precision, seasoning his story with musical details that will delight fans of classical music. The author renders Nannerl very sympathetic and teases in […]

24 June 2011 0 Comments

UK fiction blog guest post on Mozart’s intellectual life

The excellent UK fiction blog Floor to Ceiling Books (you can find film and television reviews there too) has a guest post from me about how my portrayal of Mozart stacks up against the popular image of him as a buffoon who happened to be able to write sublime music. I’m delighted blogger “Magemanda” posed […]

16 May 2011 0 Comments

The Times: ‘Mozart fans and code crackers’ will love MOZART’S LAST ARIA.

In The Times (London), Peter Millar reviewed my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA this weekend. Under the playful headline ‘I Still Think It Was Salieri’, Peter enjoys my “slick musical riddle.” Well, so now you know that court composer Salieri is NOT the fellow who turns out to be the murderer of Mozart in my […]

2 May 2011 0 Comments

Mozart Scene of the Crime

Historical novelists recreate the emotions and events of distant times. It helps if they can use real places that still exist. In the case of MOZART’S LAST ARIA, I was able to set much of the action in streets and buildings where Mozart lived and worked – and where you can still visit. In my […]

1 May 2011 0 Comments

Amadeus, Murder and the real Mozart

The long wait for a successor to Amadeus is over. In fact, my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA answers questions about the great composer’s death that are far more deeply rooted in historical research than Peter Shaffer’s nonetheless terrific play. Shaffer, whose play was first performed in 1979 and filmed by Milos Forman in 1984, […]