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 […]

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 May 2011 0 Comments

The Music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA: Vorrei spiegarvi

In Chapter 22 of my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA, Wolfgang Mozart’s sister Nannerl sings for Baron van Swieten. The aria for soprano “Vorrei spiegarvi” (“I wish to explain to you”) is a tender love song by a woman who cannot be with her true love. This version is sung by Elizabeth Parcells, the American […]

20 May 2011 2 Comments

Fiction best way to look at ‘Arab Spring’

Here’s a talk I gave to a group of journalists in Jerusalem last week about my new ‘Arab Spring’ short story. In DAMASCUS TRANCE, I decided to make an immediate response to the bloody crackdown on freedom demonstrators by the Syrian government. The story involves my Palestinian detective character Omar Yussef, the politics of the […]

20 May 2011 0 Comments

The Music of MOZART’ LAST ARIA: piano concerto in C

Nannerl Mozart, Wolfgang’s sister, ends the concert scene in my novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA with her brother’s beautiful C piano concerto. Here’s the fabulous second movement of the concerto played by the incomparable Catalan Alicia de Larrocha. Listen to more music from MOZART’S LAST ARIA. Watch videos about the book.

16 May 2011 0 Comments

The Music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA: Hell’s Revenge

In the concert scene of my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA, the dead composer’s sister-in-law sings “Der Hölle Rache” (“Hell’s revenge”), an aria from the opera The Magic Flute. It’s a particularly difficult piece to sing and, as my main character Nannerl, Wolfgang’s sister, observes, its high tessitura turns the soprano’s voice into something more […]

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 […]

7 May 2011 0 Comments

MOZART’S LAST ARIA: director’s cut

All this week I’ve been posting videos of readings from my new historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA, in which the great composer’s sister investigates his suspicious death. I started the week with a two-minute dramatic costume video about the book. Well, that was a pared down version of the video I made with my friend […]

7 May 2011 0 Comments

The Music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA: ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman’

Wolfgang’s piano variations on a French nursery rhyme played by Nannerl’s son in Chapter One of my new historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA. They’re called “Ah, vous dirai-je.” Perhaps you know them as “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star.” Listen and watch videos of the music in MOZART’S LAST ARIA.

4 May 2011 0 Comments

A Bloodthirsty Masonic Oath: Matt reads from MOZART’S LAST ARIA

Wolfgang’s sister believes his membership of an illegal lodge of Freemasons put him in danger. Then she stumbles across a secret meeting of Masons and understands just how severe his jeopardy was. The fourth reading from MOZART’S LAST ARIA, my historical thriller about the death of the great composer. Watch more videos about the book.