Vienna Nocturne

Vienna Nocturne

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Large Print - 2014
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In late-eighteenth-century London, young Anna Storace takes her first singing lessons with a mysterious castrato in exile. Having learned everything he can teach her, Anna then journeys to Naples and Venice to struggle and triumph in Italy's greatest opera houses. Only sixteen, she finds herself in an intoxicating world of theaters, nobility, and vice, overwhelmed by her newfound freedom and fame. Within a few years, Anna is invited to Vienna by the emperor himself. There, in a teasing game of theft and play, Anna first meets Mozart, a young virtuoso pianist and striving, prodigiously talented composer. They are matched in intellect and talent, and an immediate and undeniable charge forms between the two, despite both being married to others. As her star rises in Vienna and her personal life deteriorates, Anna experiences an ultimate crisis. During this trying time, her only light is Mozart: his energy, his determination in her, and his art. She, in turn, becomes his hope and inspiration, and his joy, as he writes for her some of his most exquisite and enduring arias -- music that will live on as his masterworks.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9781410464958
1410464954
Branch Call Number: LPF SHO NVD
Characteristics: 435 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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KarenW
May 28, 2014

For someone who loves music and especially Mozart, I was really looking forward to this novel. Disappointingly, it did not live up to my expectations. As a historical novel it falls flat on the details, which is what I love about historical fiction. And as a romance, it lacks passion. What it gives instead is a bland portrayal of a time period that is full of color and exuberance that should ultimately shine through. The author seems to have that in her own love of music, she just cannot share that with her reader.

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