Category Archives: Aria to Death

Where did Franz Go? A Note on Austrian Names

I recently received an email from a reader wanting to know why I always refer to Haydn as Joseph Haydn. His name was Franz Joseph Haydn, after all. So why do Haydn’s friends in the Haydn Mysteries address him by … Continue reading

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Haydn’s Great Escape

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 … Continue reading

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Opera in the Time of Haydn

“The comely Grilletta would never roar out her lines in a lusty fortissimo. It is entirely out of character.” (Aria to Death, Chapter One) How did eighteenth-century audiences regard opera? We’re so used to prioritizing the music of an opera, … Continue reading

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When Murder Strikes. . .

The Kapellmeister must don the role of Kapell-detective yet again

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