Mozart's Last Aria

Mozart's Last Aria

eBook - 2011
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It is 1791 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is enlightenment Vienna's brightest star. Master of the city's music halls and devoted member of the Austrian Freemason's guild, he stands at the heart of an electric mix of art and music, philosophy and science, politics and intrigue.

Six weeks ago, the great composer told his wife he had been poisoned. Yesterday, he died.

The city is buzzing with rumours of infidelity, bankruptcy and murder. But Wolfgang's sister Nannerl, returned from the provinces to investigate, will not believe base gossip. Who but a madman would poison such a genius?

Yet as she looks closely at what her brother left behind - a handwritten score, a scrap of paper from his journal - Nannerl finds traces of something sinister: the threads of a masonic conspiracy that reach from the gilded ballrooms of Viennese society to the faceless offices of the Prussian secret service.

Only when watching Wolfgang's bewitching opera, The Magic Flute , does Nannerl truly understand her beloved brother once again. For, encoded in his final arias, is a subtly crafted blueprint for a radical new tomorrow. Mozart hoped to change his future. Instead he sealed his fate.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Books Ltd, 2011.
ISBN: 9780857894571
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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SandraLH
Jul 31, 2016

I have always loved Mozart's music, so when I noticed this unassuming paperback book, with a beautiful cover on the cart, I was immediately curious. I was so moved to feel myself in Vienna with Nannerl as the plot unfolds. The story is written intriguingly and suspenseful. A deep love and longing revealed for Wolfgang, and his music, by his sister Nannerl and friends is compelling and touching. The writing style and composition is very good with an excellent flow.

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KarenW
Jul 31, 2013

When Mozart's estranged sister, Nannerl, hears of the circumstances of his death she decides to investigate. While she seemingly is in mourning, she is also trying to find the truth behind all the rumors and closed doors. What she finds may not be the truth she wants to face about herself.

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bixby
Jun 19, 2014

1791-92, Mozart's estranged sister travels to Vienna to try to solve the mystery of his death. An intriguing tale!

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