4 November 2011 1 Comment

My rock version of a Mozart classic

In my novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA, the great composer’s sister Nannerl sings an aria written by her brother. The aria, Vorrei spiegarvi, is about a woman who tells her lover to return to his fiancee, despite the pain this causes her. It’s a key moment in the book and I decided to write this rock […]

4 November 2011 0 Comments

Life in Review ‘highly recommends’ MOZART’S LAST ARIA

A great review for my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA on the Life in Review blog. Blogger Michelle Vasquez writes: I very highly recommend this book! The writing is absolutely beautiful and the story will hook you from the very start. I really love a story like this one that has some real history blended […]

3 November 2011 0 Comments

A Secret About Wolfgang’s Death

My new crime novel Mozart’s Last Aria is out this week in the US. The great composer dies, telling his family he has been poisoned. Mozart’s sister Nannerl comes to Imperial Vienna to find out what really happened. She exposes a Masonic conspiracy and uncovers a secret hidden in The Magic Flute. Look for more […]

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 […]

2 July 2011 0 Comments

The Music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA: The Requiem

In my novel about the death of the great composer, I knew I’d have to give a central position to Mozart’s Requiem, his most powerful piece of music and the one that’s most laden with death — perhaps, indeed, his own. So, in MOZART’S LAST ARIA, there’s a key scene set in the crypt below […]

29 June 2011 0 Comments

Using real locations in historical fiction

London classical music guru Mark Berry has a guest post from me on his excellent Boulezian blog. I write about how my task as a historical novelist was aided by the period locations still surviving in Vienna, when I wrote my new book MOZART’S LAST ARIA. I also write more about some of those places […]

27 June 2011 0 Comments

Podcast: The story behind the writing of MOZART’S LAST ARIA

In the third of my podcasts I describe the story behind my historical crime novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. I tell how I became interested in Nannerl Mozart, the great composer’s sister, while traveling in the mountains of Austria; how I developed the idea for my novel with the help of great musicians; how I researched […]

27 June 2011 0 Comments

Review: MOZART’S LAST ARIA absorbing, unpredictable, page turner

British composer and top classical music blogger Robert Hugill reviews my historical crime novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. He describes it as “absorbing,” unpredictable and “a real page turner.” It’s very gratifying to me that this terrific classical musician should appreciate the way I write about the performance of Wolfgang’s music in the novel. I worked […]

22 June 2011 0 Comments

Roll over Amadeus: Mozart’s Last Aria ‘a cracking read’

Novelist, journalist and classical music blogger Jessica Duchen has an interview with me about my new novel Mozart’s Last Aria on her excellent blog today, which she titles “Roll Over Amadeus.” Wish I’d thought of the headline. (Well, now it’s on my blog anyhow!) Here’s how she introduces her interview: “A musical thriller landed on […]

20 June 2011 0 Comments

Podcast: Introducing my Mozart novel

In the second of my podcasts, I introduce my historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA and read the initial chapter of the book. The first of several podcasts about the book, which will include a discussion of the new historical research about Mozart’s death I used to write it and background on the real-life characters who […]