Vienna Nocturne



❴EPUB❵ ✰ Vienna Nocturne Author Vivien Shotwell – E17streets4all.co.uk In late eighteenth century London, a young girl takes her first singing lessons with a mysterious castrato in exile Her life is forever changed Having learned everything he can teach her, Anna leaves In late eighteenth century London, a young girl takes her first singing lessons with a mysterious castrato in exile Her life is forever changed Having learned everything he can teach her, Anna leaves behind all the security and familiarity of home and journeys to Naples and Venice to struggle and triumph in Italy s greatest opera houses Only sixteen, she finds herself in an intoxicating world of theaters, nobility, and vice, overwhelmed by her newfound freedom and fame Her first bitter experience of love and heartbreak inevitably follow Within a few years, Anna is invited to sing in Vienna, the City of Music, by the emperor himself There, in a teasing game of theft and play, Anna first meets Mozart, a young virtuoso pianist and striving, prodigiously talented composer They are matched in intellect and talent, and an immediate and undeniable charge forms between the two, despite both being married to others As her star rises in Vienna and her personal life deteriorates, Anna experiences an ultimate crisis During this trying time, her only light is Mozart his energy, his determination in her, and his art She, in turn, becomes his hope and inspiration, and his joy, as he writes for her some of his most exquisite and enduring arias music that will live on as his masterworks Rich in historical detail and beautifully wrought by Vivien Shotwell, an author who is herself an opera singer, Vienna Nocturne is a dramatic tour de force of a woman s struggle to find love and fame in an eighteenth century world that controls and limits her at every turn.Vienna Nocturne

Vivien Shotwell s VIENNA NOCTURNE Random House, has been praised by The Washington Post as intoxicating, and by Chatelaine as an exquisite read Vivien received her Artist Diploma in opera from the Yale School of Music, and was awarded the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize She studied music and English at Williams College, in Massachusetts, and received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow Vivien writes and sings in Halifax, Nova Scotia Vienna Nocturne will be translated into ten languages.

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    Hardcover · Vienna Nocturne Kindle ò fame Her first bitter experience of love and heartbreak inevitably follow Within a few years, Anna is invited to sing in Vienna, the City of Music, by the emperor himself There, in a teasing game of theft and play, Anna first meets Mozart, a young virtuoso pianist and striving, prodigiously talented composer They are matched in intellect and talent, and an immediate and undeniable charge forms between the two, despite both being married to others As her star rises in Vienna and her personal life deteriorates, Anna experiences an ultimate crisis During this trying time, her only light is Mozart his energy, his determination in her, and his art She, in turn, becomes his hope and inspiration, and his joy, as he writes for her some of his most exquisite and enduring arias music that will live on as his masterworks Rich in historical detail and beautifully wrought by Vivien Shotwell, an author who is herself an opera singer, Vienna Nocturne is a dramatic tour de force of a woman s struggle to find love and fame in an eighteenth century world that controls and limits her at every turn."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 291 pages
  • Vienna Nocturne
  • Vivien Shotwell
  • English
  • 14 May 2018
  • 0345536371

10 thoughts on “Vienna Nocturne

  1. says:

    Smitten from the first chapters, I consumed VIENNA NOCTURNE over three consecutive nights in great, greedy gulps Anna Storace is a charming, beguiling, and flawed protagonist Her part in every scene commands the attention the woman herself must have earned on the great stages of Venice, Vienna, and London Even in her darkest times, Anna is a light because of the vibrant intensity of her spirit, talent, and passion.In addition to a highly readable story, the writing, itself, is worthy of note Smitten from the first chapters, I consumed VIENNA NOCTURNE over three consecutive nights in great, greedy gulps Anna Storace is a charming, beguiling, and flawed protagonist Her part in every scene commands the attention the woman herself must have earned on the great stages of Venice, Vienna, and London Even in her darkest times, Anna is a light because of the vibrant intensity of her spirit, talent, and passion.In addition to a highly readable story, the writing, itself, is worthy of note especially descriptions of music The fact that each chapter is titled is an unexpected pleasure, and one I don t often see It is as if each section is a little world unto itself a small scene in a grand opera and it is a pleasure to seek the meaning in the titles, deepening the themes of the novel with their inclusion.Fans of historical fiction will adore the tragic and beautiful VIENNA NOCTURNE Vivien Shotwell is a debut novelist of enormous talent, and I eagerly look forward to her next book

  2. says:

    Am allowed to say this was delightful I ask because I went to school with the author, who is also an opera singer, and have indelible memories of sitting down to lunch with her only to have her scribble a note saying she couldn t speak because she was saving her voice for a concert, and, upon attending one of these concerts, being flabbergasted that such a quiet person commanded such a powerful, glorious voice Ergo, I might be biased.While this is largely a light, breezy romance probably a gr Am allowed to say this was delightful I ask because I went to school with the author, who is also an opera singer, and have indelible memories of sitting down to lunch with her only to have her scribble a note saying she couldn t speak because she was saving her voice for a concert, and, upon attending one of these concerts, being flabbergasted that such a quiet person commanded such a powerful, glorious voice Ergo, I might be biased.While this is largely a light, breezy romance probably a great beach read for those of you lucky enough to live in places where reading on a beach doesn t require 17 layers of dead animal parts and a bonfire to reach comfortable levels of warmth IN JULY , it s the kind of well written romance a picky, groan prone cynic who not so secretly loves love stories like myself can get behind Plus history Who doesn t like that I believe the NYTimes described it as frothy, which is kind of the best adjective ever and pretty apt So go forth, froth lovers, and read

  3. says:

    Since I have a background in opera, this book was a natural for me Whether or not Anna Storace s relationship with Mozart progressed to an affair or remained merely friendship is a matter for speculation, as are some of the other personal details in the novel However, what seemed utterly authentic was the vivid way the author depicted Storace and Mozart s sense of playfulness and their sheer joy in their music The contrast of the flamboyant singers with the businesslike Salieri, or with Emper Since I have a background in opera, this book was a natural for me Whether or not Anna Storace s relationship with Mozart progressed to an affair or remained merely friendship is a matter for speculation, as are some of the other personal details in the novel However, what seemed utterly authentic was the vivid way the author depicted Storace and Mozart s sense of playfulness and their sheer joy in their music The contrast of the flamboyant singers with the businesslike Salieri, or with Emperor Joseph II, preoccupied with his chocolate drops and the cost of running his opera company, was also very engaging Equally convincing was the panic and anguish that singers feel when things go wrong, and the portrayal of a conflicted Mozart, fatigued, yet constantly active driven by creativity, yet bound by obligations and responsibilities The fictitious plot is built around a series of real happenings Storace s Bomba in Florence at the Pergola Theatre, the Mozart Salieri orangery competition in Vienna, the disastrous premiere of her brother s opera are only a few of the many historical events touched on in the novel and all are fascinating for anyone with a love of music and opera Since the book covers such a rich tapestry of historical events, I would have enjoyedin depth description and development of the various incidents However, I can understand the author s reluctance and feeling of presumption in writing fiction about Mozart , which may have held her back from inventingdetails about occurrences that were part of real people s lives Given my personal interest, the subject matter could have stretched to a book three times as long I found the book a very quick read, but in spite of the concise, almost matter of fact narrative flow, the characters do come to life, and their triumphs and sorrows are touching And maybe it was the crisp approach that created the light and airy atmosphere which well suited a story of an opera buffa soprano As it was, I found the book enjoyable and charming

  4. says:

    I started reading Vienna Nocturne in January, when I received it as an ARC in the hopes that when I finished, I would write a review Well, here it is, six months later, because I just now finished I wanted to like Vienna Nocturne In fact, I was really excited to receive an ARC because I am a classically trained singer and the book had me at Mozart I was thoroughly expecting to curl up with an engrossing read about opera and forbidden romance in 18th century Vienna, and I was sorely disappoin I started reading Vienna Nocturne in January, when I received it as an ARC in the hopes that when I finished, I would write a review Well, here it is, six months later, because I just now finished I wanted to like Vienna Nocturne In fact, I was really excited to receive an ARC because I am a classically trained singer and the book had me at Mozart I was thoroughly expecting to curl up with an engrossing read about opera and forbidden romance in 18th century Vienna, and I was sorely disappointed Let s start with what I like Anna Mozart This is where the book really shined The dynamic and palpable chemistry between the musical genius and his prima buffa is where the magic really lies Some of their scenes were really tender and magical and those were the parts that I felt really engaged the reader.The Opera 18th century opera in Europe was all the rage Opera singers and composers were the celebrities of their day They were worshipped and revered High born or low, they mingled in the courts of nobility and entertained Kings and Queens as well as the masses The intimate, back stage portraits of this world were the parts of the novel that really stood out What I didn t like Unfortunately, this list if far longer than what I did like.Anna Mozart Yes, I know this is on my What I liked list, but it also made my dislike list and may well be my biggest beef with the entire book Vienna Nocturne an exhilarating love story between a thirty year old Wolfgang Mozart and a young English Soprano named Anna That s really what this whole book is touted to be about But the description is a bit of a fraudulent one Other than a trifling dalliance at a party towards the beginning of the book, we don t get even a whiff of that romance until two thirds of the way through the novel and even then it is extremely short lived and far from exhilarating In fact, had I not read the description, I would not have even known this was a story about the relationship between Anna and Mozart until it hit me in the face with less than one hundred pages to go The sad thing is, their relationship was when the book finally hit its stride, but it came way too little and way too late Anna Storace Anna herself is one of the least interesting characters in the book but I chalk that up to the writing style of Ms Shotwell who keeps her readers detached and at arms length from her main character by describing at length how her character feels rather than showing us through dialogue or action We are given very lengthy descriptions of Anna s feelings and emotions, sometimes entire chapters worth, but rarely are we really allowed to glimpse those emotions in action Short Chapters I m talking, extremely short In some cases, nothan a page and a half Vienna Nocturne is told mostly through scenes most precariously short that give you little time to really get into the narrative flow of the story They also feel disjointed and detached from one another, like looking at a messy collage of pictures rather than one cohesive connective piece People are most likely to put a book down when they ve finished a chapter and sometimes if felt as though there was a chapter finishing on every other page Perhaps that s why it took me so long to finish Eye Rolling view spoiler There were a few spots where I literally groaned out loud, but the scene that took the cake was when John Fisher was banished from Vienna by the Emperor and, upon returning home finds a crowd of people waiting there in support of Anna He then proceeds to play to her emotions by reciting Ophelia s monologue from Hamlet As if that wasn t ridiculous enough in and of itself, Anna then joins in by reciting Hamlet s responses I mean, know these are all musicians and actors, but even that scene was a little over the top I almost quit reading for good then hide spoiler Dead Space I m referring to parts of the book that really had nothing to do with moving the story along and could have easily been removed without compromising the book There were many, particularly towards the end that I felt we could have done without completely A good example would have been the scene where Stephen gets thrown in jail.Those are my main points of interest and disinterest regarding Vienna Nocturne I give it two stars because it really did start to get interesting towards the end before petering back out into disappointment

  5. says:

    A classic adage for writers is to write what you know And while some writers find hands on experience leads to detailed and emotionally gripping prose, others can become so wrapped up with researching their subject that the narrative structure of the novel suffers This, unfortunately, is the case for classically trained singer turned author Vivian Shotwell and her debut novel, Vienna Nocturne Vienna Nocturne is the fictionalized story of 18th century English opera singer Anna Storace who, A classic adage for writers is to write what you know And while some writers find hands on experience leads to detailed and emotionally gripping prose, others can become so wrapped up with researching their subject that the narrative structure of the novel suffers This, unfortunately, is the case for classically trained singer turned author Vivian Shotwell and her debut novel, Vienna Nocturne Vienna Nocturne is the fictionalized story of 18th century English opera singer Anna Storace who, at 15, leaves England to make her presence known on the stages of Italy and Austria.Given Shotwell s musical background, it comes as no surprise that the novel is filled with beautifully detailed passages about voice and technique.But there s also romance and intrigue, as Anna seems to cause scandal wherever she goes, taking married lovers including Mozart and using her influence to turn the fortunes of those she holds dear.While Vienna Nocturne sounds like La Vie en Rose without the heroin, Shotwell moves so quickly from dramatic scene to dramatic scene readers never fully have a sense of who Anna is as a character, making her actions come off as stilted Shotwell is also spare with period details, describing 18th century Vienna simply as one of the largest cities in the world and plopping in period details such as the execution of Franz Zahlheim seemingly as an afterthought.As a result, the narrative feels as though it could take place in any city not what readers want from a historical novel.With a lack of connection to characters and an underdeveloped setting, the climatic scenes where Anna performs the classic arias fall flat and Vienna Nocturne, for all its promise, is a disappointment.This review originally appeared in The Cedar Rapids Gazette Readof my reviews at laurafarmerreviews.com

  6. says:

    Anna Selina Storace 1765 1817 was an English operatic soprano In this book her story begins in 1776 at the age of 11 She plays harp and guitar and sings At 13, she sings at the Royal Opera House in London At 15, she travels to Naples with her family to further her career To their surprise they quickly learn that Italians do not want to listen to someone who is English and probably can t sing With someone s help, a position offer comes for her to sing at the Pergola theater in Florence T Anna Selina Storace 1765 1817 was an English operatic soprano In this book her story begins in 1776 at the age of 11 She plays harp and guitar and sings At 13, she sings at the Royal Opera House in London At 15, she travels to Naples with her family to further her career To their surprise they quickly learn that Italians do not want to listen to someone who is English and probably can t sing With someone s help, a position offer comes for her to sing at the Pergola theater in Florence Then a letter of invitation arrives from La Scala to sing leading lady in Milan She was almost eighteen, and had mademoney in the past year than she d ever dreamed 1783, Anna gets a contract in Vienna for a year, where she meets Mozart Also it happens in Vienna, where she gets into a loveless marriage to conceal her pregnancy.Right away, as I started reading, it hit me how simple the prose is and I wondered if the book was for teens But no, it s meant for women I can get through a book with simple prose if the subject story is interesting But that s not the case here The characters are one dimensional The story is very flat, no depth to it

  7. says:

    This novel begins in 1776, when eleven year old Anna Storace is taken for her first singing lesson with famous Castrato Venanzio Rauzzini Anna s father is Italian and her mother English Her mother is disapproving of her daughter being exposed to the lewd behaviour in London s theatres, but Anna s talent and desire to be on stage plus her families precarious financial situation mean that she is standing on a Covent Garden stage and captivating an audience at the age of just thirteen.When she This novel begins in 1776, when eleven year old Anna Storace is taken for her first singing lesson with famous Castrato Venanzio Rauzzini Anna s father is Italian and her mother English Her mother is disapproving of her daughter being exposed to the lewd behaviour in London s theatres, but Anna s talent and desire to be on stage plus her families precarious financial situation mean that she is standing on a Covent Garden stage and captivating an audience at the age of just thirteen.When she is only fifteen, her teacher informs her that to become great, she must establish herself in Italy, the home of opera We follow Anna and her mother to Naples, to Florence, Milan, Venice and Vienna Along the way there are problems establishing herself, as Anna learns to cope with jealousy within the companies and with the desires of men There are love affairs, a disastrous marriage and mistakes which help Anna to grow from a carefree, and often rather silly girl, to a woman She gradually learns how to make things happen the way she wishes there is a delightful scene with the Emperor Joseph which is beautifully understated and yet wonderfully written.This is historical fiction written the way I most enjoy it a novel written totally in the time it is set, without dual time lines so popular now that virtually every new historical novel seems to employ them However, this novel is set firmly in the era when music and opera reigned supreme, with the main characters Anna, her maid Lidia, brother Stephen and the towering background presence of Mozart lover and musical genius We are introduced to many of the fads of the time, such as Dr Franz Mesmer, who practices his miraculous magnetism as recommended by the Emperor s sister, Marie Antoinette when Anna becomes ill This is a novel about love, ambition and music, well written and with characters you will come to care about.I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, for review

  8. says:

    I truly enjoyed this fictionalized story of the life of the Opera singer Anna Storace This author exhibits a true talent for historical fiction, with an ability to stick closely to facts that are known about Storace, and about Wolfgang Amadeas Mozart, even while making the characters come alive, and without the stilted reporting sense that historical fiction sometimes includes The author blends what is known fact with imagined dialog and intimate relationships that may or may not have develo I truly enjoyed this fictionalized story of the life of the Opera singer Anna Storace This author exhibits a true talent for historical fiction, with an ability to stick closely to facts that are known about Storace, and about Wolfgang Amadeas Mozart, even while making the characters come alive, and without the stilted reporting sense that historical fiction sometimes includes The author blends what is known fact with imagined dialog and intimate relationships that may or may not have developed Luckily Anna s Londoner parents recognized her remarkable singing voice, and as a preteen she begins singing lessons thus begins a journey through the land of opera, and takes Anna through the major cities of Europe At the same time that she is widely popular and her singing acclaimed, the still very young Anna is hardly equipped with the life skills to handle all that this success brings her way, most of all the men who seek her This was a wonderful story, not only of Anna s rise to fame, but also of her personal challenges and growing maturity Her growing love for Mozart, and his for her, while not documented fact, adds to the richness of this story It is easy to see this author s love for music both the vocal and instrumental accomplishments of her characters are given lush descriptions and become almost characters in and of themselves I received this book from LibraryThing, and am really glad I had this opportunity to read and review

  9. says:

    I really enjoyed this book about Anna Storace and her relationship with Mozart Shotwell does a wonderful job of bringing Anna to life and I enjoyed reading about her life I also liked how Shotwell portrayed Mozart, as a real man with worries and desires and of course an incredible musical talent.Music is an important part of the story and the author shows her true passion for opera and music throughout the book I am not a big opera fan but after reading all of the wonderful descriptions of th I really enjoyed this book about Anna Storace and her relationship with Mozart Shotwell does a wonderful job of bringing Anna to life and I enjoyed reading about her life I also liked how Shotwell portrayed Mozart, as a real man with worries and desires and of course an incredible musical talent.Music is an important part of the story and the author shows her true passion for opera and music throughout the book I am not a big opera fan but after reading all of the wonderful descriptions of the different operas Anna was involved in, it made me want to see one of the operas to experience it for myself The music is really brought to life throughout the book so much that you can almost hear Mozart playing or Anna singing while reading.The story moved quickly and I was never bored once while reading This is a delightful story of love, desire, passion, and music While the author notes at the end we can never be sure what the relationship was between Anna and Mozart, Shotwell gives a plausible and interesting take on what might have been

  10. says:

    A very good first novel, a bit tedious and scattered at times, but entertaining Also well edited and proofread apparently, since the only error I found was They were accustomed to keeping their own councils where I would have used counsels but maybe that was acceptable usage in Mozart s time FromIn the tradition of Paula McLain s The Paris Wife and Laura Moriarty s The Chaperone comes a sweeping historical love story and a portrait of an age Vienna Nocturne is a deeply moving de A very good first novel, a bit tedious and scattered at times, but entertaining Also well edited and proofread apparently, since the only error I found was They were accustomed to keeping their own councils where I would have used counsels but maybe that was acceptable usage in Mozart s time FromIn the tradition of Paula McLain s The Paris Wife and Laura Moriarty s The Chaperone comes a sweeping historical love story and a portrait of an age Vienna Nocturne is a deeply moving debut novel that brings to life two extraordinary figures a thirty year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a young English soprano, Anna Storace, who was his muse in prose as spirited, timeless, and touching as Mozart s greatest compositions In late eighteenth century London, a young girl takes her first singing lessons with a mysterious castrato in exile Her life is forever changed Having learned everything he can teach her, Anna leaves behind all the security and familiarity of home and journeys to Naples and Venice to struggle and triumph in Italy s greatest opera houses Only sixteen, she finds herself in an intoxicating world of theaters, nobility, and vice, overwhelmed by her newfound freedom and fame Her first bitter experience of love and heartbreak inevitably follows Within a few years, Anna is invited to sing in Vienna, the City of Music, by the emperor himself There, in a teasing game of theft and play, Anna first meets Mozart, a young virtuoso pianist and striving, prodigiously talented composer They are matched in intellect and talent, and an immediate and undeniable charge occurs between the two, despite both being married to others As her star rises in Vienna and her personal life deteriorates, Anna experiences an ultimate crisis During this trying time, her only light is Mozart his energy, his determination for her, and his art She, in turn, becomes his hope and inspiration, and his joy, as he writes for her some of his most exquisite and enduring arias music that will live on as his masterworks Rich in historical detail and beautifully wrought by Vivien Shotwell, an author who is herself an opera singer, Vienna Nocturne is a dramatic tour de force of a woman s struggle to find love and fame in an eighteenth century world that controls and limits her at every turn

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