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Vienna Nocturne - A Novel

Vivien Shotwell

In 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. Advance praise for Vienna Nocturne

In 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. Advance praise for Vienna Nocturne
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In 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. Advance praise for Vienna Nocturne

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kate Reading

Length:

9h 15m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:29


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:46


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:28


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:44


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:52


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:25


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:25


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:10


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:16


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:09


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:58


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:55


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:31


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:24


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:33


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:49


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:43


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:15


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:33


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:45


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:16


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:02


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:44


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:35


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:09


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:58


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:38


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:13


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:32


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:16


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:31


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:32


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:07


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:30


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:00


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:08


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:20


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:15


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:23


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:57


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:55


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:27


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:22


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:17


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:21


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:01


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:22


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:03


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:49


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:27


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:24


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:31


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:26


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:15


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:10


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:08


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:05


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:18


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:19


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:23


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:08


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:23


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:25


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:56


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:26


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:43


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:53


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:25


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:07


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

00:30