Vivaldi and Mozart and Beethoven, Oh My! Three Novelists Talk About Music in Fiction


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Welcome to Episode 19 of the Art In Fiction Podcast!
The three novelists you'll meet in this episode are each inspired by a different classical composer. They discuss their inspiration and research processes, and touch on a topic rarely discussed in author circles--money!
Barbara Quick is the author of Vivaldi’s Virgins, Stephanie Cowell is the author of Marrying Mozart, and Patricia Morrisroe is the author of The Woman in the Moonlight about Beethoven's inspiration for his Moonlight Sonata.

  • Barbara Quick: inspiration to write Vivaldi's Virgins after discovering that the 18th-century composer had been the resident priest and composer in an all-girls foundling home in Venice. She also discusses the integral role that Venice plays in the novel.
  • Stephanie Cowell: inspiration for Marrying Mozart, a novel about Mozart's relationship with the four Weber sisters, one of whom he married.
  • Patricia Morrisroe: how she came to write The Woman in the Moonlight, her debut novel, after a career in journalism.
  • Barbara: how she learned Italian to help her research Vivaldi's Virgins and the help she received from Vivaldi experts.
  • A reading from Vivaldi's Virgins.
  • Stephanie: the challenges of choosing which stories to include in the novel and what to leave out.
  • A reading from Marrying Mozart.
  • Patricia: the importance of fact-checking and extensive research.
  • A reading from The Woman in the Moonlight.
  • Writing and money (or its lack!).

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Music Credits
The intro music is from Symbolist Waltz from the album Alive in Seattle and the ad music is from The Fever from the album Full Moon. Both pieces are composed by Gregg Simpson and performed by Lunar Adventures. Follow the links to download the full tracks.
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