May 16, 2016 at 6:15 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: books, classical music, cozies, cozy mysteries, dead ringer, deadly overtures, death in a major, fiction, Midori Bishop, music, Music Lover's Mysteries, mysteries, mystery series, novels, reading
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With the release of my third Music Lover’s Mystery less than a month away, I thought I’d share a bit about the music mentioned in the first two books. I’ve also included links to the music on YouTube.
For those who don’t know, the main character of the series, Midori Bishop, is a professional violinist and amateur sleuth. In the first book, Dead Ringer, Midori is feeling blue at one point and starts to play the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on the piano in an attempt to improve her mood. While it doesn’t work, because an injury prevents her from being able to continue playing, I thought that the Moonlight Sonata would be a natural choice for her in that situation. I personally find the first movement to be very peaceful and calming, and I always enjoy listening to it. It’s also a very well known piece, so I figured many readers would know the music.
Here’s Ottavia Maria Maceratini playing the movement:
Also in Dead Ringer, and in that same scene, Midori plays Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer with her best friend, JT. Again, this is a well-known piece that many people recognize by name. But I also chose this piece because who wouldn’t feel cheered up by a bit of ragtime? 🙂
Here’s Cory Hall playing The Entertainer:
In the second book of the series, Death in A Major, Midori takes comfort in playing Méditation, the intermezzo from Jules Massenet’s opera Thaïs. I played this when I was in orchestra in high school and it’s a piece I never get tired of. While perhaps not as many readers would know this piece as with the Moonlight Sonata or The Entertainer, I think many classical music fans would know it, and it was a perfect fit for the scene in Death in A Major.
If you’d like to listen to this piece, here’s a video of it played by Sarah Chang on violin:
Dead Ringer and Death in A Major are both available in paperback and ebook format. The third book in the series, Deadly Overtures, will be released in June 2016.