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Vienna Nocturne

by Vivien Shotwell

Doubleday Canada | February 25, 2014 | Hardcover

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 Vienna Nocturne tells the story of the turbulent life and brilliantly successful career of young British opera singer Anna Storace, a child prodigy who is taken by her parents to Italy at age thirteen to advance her career. In love with life and wildly ambitious, Anna wants everything--to be famous, to be loved--and this leads her to make some fatal choices. We watch her turn from a carefree young girl to a passionate young woman, and it is during this transformation that her affair with Mozart blossoms. The story of their love, no less powerful for being forbidden, is reminiscent of the passionate thwarted romances described in Loving Frank and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Written in melodious prose by a young author studying opera at Yale, Vienna Nocturne is dramatic story of a woman''s battle to find love and fame in an 18th-century world that controls and limits her at every turn.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.56 × 6.57 × 1.04 in

Published: February 25, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385678037

ISBN - 13: 9780385678032

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Vienna Nocturne

by Vivien Shotwell

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.56 × 6.57 × 1.04 in

Published: February 25, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385678037

ISBN - 13: 9780385678032

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chapter 1 The Castrato He spoke first of her breathing, then of her bearing and strength. He showed her, with lightness and ease, with playful, wry animation, how he breathed, as he had been trained. Such training as he had undergone could not be replicated, he said. But he would do his best, if Anna would try. She said she would. He exhaled in a hiss from full, strong lungs while she counted out the seconds. Her own exhale she could not sustain long, but it was wonderful failure, failure that might some day be overcome. He demonstrated for her, too, the messa di voce, the placement of the voice, in which he sang a single note from softest to loudest and back again, and touched, along the way, all the gradations of loudness and softness between. She failed here, too, but still he made her feel already taken, already touched, with the fever of ­aspiration—­to learn and master everything. It would be like becoming an acrobat, Rauzzini said. Soon enough one might fly. Already he was pleased with her, already praising her quickness and skill. He said that in time they would begin ­two-­note scales, then three notes, then as many notes as could be contained in the measure of a single breath. She had never in her life felt as dancing and vivid as now. She forgot herself. He did not sing much, but when he did, the sound went all around her and through her body. It was as though her soul became huge with life and joy, and she could not believe that she had been
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 Vienna Nocturne tells the story of the turbulent life and brilliantly successful career of young British opera singer Anna Storace, a child prodigy who is taken by her parents to Italy at age thirteen to advance her career. In love with life and wildly ambitious, Anna wants everything--to be famous, to be loved--and this leads her to make some fatal choices. We watch her turn from a carefree young girl to a passionate young woman, and it is during this transformation that her affair with Mozart blossoms. The story of their love, no less powerful for being forbidden, is reminiscent of the passionate thwarted romances described in Loving Frank and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Written in melodious prose by a young author studying opera at Yale, Vienna Nocturne is dramatic story of a woman''s battle to find love and fame in an 18th-century world that controls and limits her at every turn.

About the Author

VIVIEN SHOTWELL was born in Colorado and raised in Nova Scotia. A daughter of independent booksellers, and a classically-trained singer, she has received degrees in music and writing from Williams College, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the Yale School of Music.

Editorial Reviews

"This is an exquisite read for history fans, classical-music lovers and romance aficionados alike."
-Chatelaine

"A young, English soprano who finds love in Vienna with none other than Wolfang Amadeus Mozart. (Confession . . . not being able to put it down, I finished it over the course of a weekend.)"
-The Social
 
"[A] historical love story and portrait of an age."
-The Chronicle Herald

"Vivien Shotwell''s love, knowledge, and passion for music shines through this seductive tale of the eighteenth-century British soprano Anna Storace. A lovely read."
-Eva Stachniak, author of The Winter Palace

"Powerful, evocative, and subtle. . . . the language soars, with descriptions of music and its composers and performers as riveting as the plot and the sweetly tender love story that pulls at the heartstrings."
-Library Journal

"Vivien Shotwell's elegant, keenly observed debut is as deeply imagined as it is deeply felt. At turns lyrical and dramatic, witty and wise, Vienna Nocturne is both a fascinating portrait of a long-lost world and an introduction to a gorgeous new literary voice."
-Jennifer DuBois, author of Cartwheel
 
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