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Mozart's Last Aria by Matt Rees
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Jul 08, 2012

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When Maria Anna (Nannerl)Mozart receives a letter from her sister-in-law telling her that her estranged brother is dead, Mozart's older sister travels to Vienna to pay her respects. While in Vienna, she learns that Mozart thought he had been poisoned and Nannerl begins to find out what she can of her brothers last days. Her inquiries take her to the Imperial Library, where she meets a Baron who assists her in quest to find the truth.

The political intrigue and mystery portion of the novel were a bit weak and hard to follow at times. I also found it a little incredulous that an unknown woman, even the sister of a famous composer, would be able to integrate herself into the upper echeleon of Viennese society, especially in such a short period of time.

What made the novel was the descriptions of the music and how people reacted to it. The author did a wonderful job of writing how Mozart's music moves the soul. The period details were also very enjoyable - rum punch for a morning thaw, anyone?

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