15 September 2011 0 Comments

Film prequel to MOZART’S LAST ARIA

The French cinema has very kindly provided a period piece on release now in the US about the early years of Wolfgang Mozart’s sister Nannerl. To whet appetites for my forthcoming historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA, in which Nannerl is the narrator. MOZART’S LAST ARIA, which has been out for some months in the UK, […]

4 September 2011 2 Comments

PW: MOZART’S LAST ARIA combines Dan Brown, Elizabeth Kostova

My historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA will be out in the US at the beginning of November. Publishers Weekly has the first pre-publication review, and it’s a great one: In this engaging, well-paced book from crime novelist and journalist Rees (The Collaborator of Bethlehem), Mozart’s estranged sister, Madame Maria Anna Berchtold von Sonnenburg (called Nannerl […]

14 July 2011 2 Comments

Lost ‘News of the World’ Scoop: MOZART MURDERED!

*Editor’s note: The Man of Twists and Turns has obtained the text of a major exclusive which was set to appear in The News of the World in London this week. However, News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch shut down the 168-year-old tabloid to dampen a scandal over its reporters hacking into private voicemails, use of […]

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 […]

15 June 2011 0 Comments

Bookgeeks: MOZART’S LAST ARIA and writing music in a novel

I’ve a guest post on the UK book blog Bookgeeks today, about how I “wrote the music” for my new Mozart novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. Here’s how the post starts: I’ve played music all my life, but I’m no musician. After my initial childhood music lessons I parted ways with the playing of classical music. […]