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mayra-calvani's picture
Jul.11.2011
Gerald Elias is author of the award-winning Daniel Jacobus mystery series, published by St. Martin’s Press. Elias brings over thirty-five years as an internationally recognized concert violinist, conductor, composer, and teacher to his novels that take place in the murky recesses of the classical...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Jun.03.2011
When Peter Cook admitted to Dudley Moore that he was “turned on by dead Popes,” it was a satire on those among us who’re so bored by their lives as to be infinitely suggestible. Thus a dead pope lying on a catafalque in white robes looks “at peace, at rest, and ****ing fanciable.” The joke, of...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
May.03.2011
The best reason I have for writing a novel about Mozart must surely be that I love his music. Other elements contribute, including my fascination with his neglected sister and the growing historical research which I believe points toward his murder. But the music must be at the center of the novel...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
May.02.2011
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...
dale-estey's picture
Nov.13.2010
Kafka-Fragments, Barbican, reviewWriter Franz Kafka and Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag seem made for each other. Rating: * * * * By Ivan Hewett Rarely have a writer and a composer seemed so made for each other as Franz Kafka and the 84-year-old Hungarian Gyorgy Kurtag. Kafka reveals the...
linda-holt's picture
Jul.14.2010
A few years ago, I was attending a gala luncheon with some alumni from the University where I worked. The conversation turned to music, and several of the alumni laughed about how great it would be if their kids liked classical music. "Well," I added, between forksful of quiche, "...
eva-schlesinger's picture
May.09.2010
Leaning forward in my aisle seat at the University Baroque Ensemble, I skimmed over my program, listening as the students performed works by Handel, Telemann, and Johann Sebastian Bach.  I noted one familiar piece on the program. A second later, it flew out of my head.   Having grown up tuned into...
jm-cornwell's picture
Apr.30.2010
Sounds permeate the world, the sounds of electric and electronic machines and components that hum, whir and buzz in the background. It's the sound of electricity. There is also the sound of air moving through furnace ducts and the rustle of papers in the air's path. Phones ring, buzz and jingle,...
dale-estey's picture
Mar.08.2010
Kafka's writings become an inspiration for a classical music composer. Kafkaesque enough, made more so when the fact Kafka himself was tone deaf is taken into consideration. "Yet another solo work was by Lisa Bielawa, who wrote a solo piece for Carla Kihlstadt that requires her to sing and...
mayra-calvani's picture
Feb.20.2010
It is my pleasure to have as my guest today writer Susanna Dunlap. A native of Buffalo, NY, Dunlap is the author of The Musician’s Daughter and several other music-related novels for adults and young adults. In this interview the author talks about her life, her inspiration for The Musician’s...