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October 2, 2013

The music in The Devil in Music

For her last book, The Devil in Music, Kate Ross took her protagonist, Julian Kestrel, to Milan in the 1820s, a time of turmoil and, also, great music. The plot of the novel unfolds like an opera, in the best way possible, and the various characters, including a mysterious tenor known only by the name of Orfeo, break into arias from time to time. We’ve put together a list of those arias, and also a Spotify song list, in case you’d like to listen to them. Sadly, a couple of the songs were not available: “Ner cor piu non mi sento,” and “Nel vedervi a un altro in braccio.” Happily, the two arias that Julian Kestrel listens to at La Scala were actually available in a live recording at La Scala, although it is clear from the novel that the audience noise level would have been quite a bit higher in Julian’s time.

Listen to the songs.


Complete list:

“Ecco, ridente in cielo,” from Il Barbiere di Seviglia, by Gioachino Rossini (Chapter 1)

“Caro mio ben,” by either Giuseppe or Tommaso Giordani (Chapter 2)

“Ner cor piu non mi sento,” from L’Amor Contrastato, by Giovanni Paisiello (Chapter 4)

“Son tutta duolo,” unknown author (Chapter 5)

“In quegli anni,” from Le Nozze di Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Chapter 5)

“Languir per una bella,” from L’Italiana in Algeri, by Gioachino Rossini (Chapter 9)

“Cruda sorte,” from L’Italiana in Algeri, by Gioachino Rossini (Chapter 10)

“Nel vedervi a un altro in braccio,” from Amor Rende Sagace, by Domenico Cimarosa (Chapter 11)

“Che invenzione prelibata,” from Il Barbiere di Seviglia, by Gioachino Rossini (Chapter 14)

“Parto, parto ma tu ben mio,” from La Clemenza di Tito, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Chapter 20)

“Che farò [senza Euridice]”, from Orfeo, by Christoph Willibald Gluck (Chapter 33)

“Dalla sua pace,” from Don Giovanni, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Chapter 38)

 

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