July 26, 1768: The Feast Day of St. Anna, the mother of the Virgin Mary. The Emperor Leopold’s firstborn son, Joseph, was born shortly after a hand purported to belong to the saint was brought to Vienna. I would imagine that it was from that time that St. Anna and her feast day became associated with love in Austria.
As you know, Haydn had a troubled relationship with his own Anna. So, what if on her name day, the Feast Day of St. Anna, Maria Anna were accused of murder? Would that bring the couple closer? “Anna’s Potion“ is a new Haydn Mystery Story published in Kings River Life Magazine. Click on the title or image to read it in its entirety or keep reading to see the blurb.
Maria Theresa at Fifteen
The Haydn Mysteries are set in the 1760s. Haydn was in his thirties, at the prime of his life and his musical career. Thirty years later in 1799, he would meet the first of the two men who have come to be known as his early biographers: Georg August Griesinger, a tutor in the household of the Electoral Saxon Ambassador. Six years after that, Haydn met with the painter and engraver Albert Christoph Dies.
Unfortunately, the last excerpt scheduled to appear today on the Haydn’s Great Escape hasn’t posted up yet. For those of you following the blog tour, I’ve included it here.
Kaspar has failed to return home. Unable to find Haydn, Kaspar’s servant, Rudi, seeks out Konzertmeister Luigi Tomasini. Where could Kaspar have gone?
Haydn Goes on Tour
Starting Wednesday, Haydn and I will be on tour with Dolly Caswell’s Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour Company. Join us to read a selection of excerpts from the book and win a print copy of Aria to Death.
Click on the banner for more details or see the itinerary below: