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Mozart's Cook: The Long-Lost Journal of Fabio Malatesta


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In Mozart's Cook, we follow diarist Fabio Malatesta's nearly one thousand miles of adventures in the company of young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father Leopold as that trio tours Italy in the late 18th century. We travel from his family's houseboat in a Venetian canal to the winter snows of Salzburg and Innsbruck, then down to the cities along the River Adige and on to Mantua and Cremona in the lush Po Valley. We witness the curious melding of German, Austrian, French and Italian political interests in the Lombardy region, as well as the cultural antipathies that so often thwarted the elder Mozart's meticulous plans to garner opera commissions for his genius of a son. But for all its geographical and historical sweep, this narrative is a coming of age story one that dramatizes not only the excitement and dangers of the road but the quieter, more intimate pleasures of food, music, poetry, friendship and romantic love.

Author Bio:

TERRY QUINN has published two novels (The Great Bridge Conspiracy / St. Martin s Press and A Death in Brooklyn / Vivisphere Publications), a biography (Second Daughter: Growing Up in China, 1930-1949 / Little, Brown) and a volume of poetry (Mad for Newyorktown / Straw House Press). Nine of his plays have been produced in New York City, England, France, Holland and Germany, and on National Public Radio. He wrote the book, lyrics and music for two full-length music theater works that have received regional and Off Broadway productions (A Second Chance / The Colonnades Theater, and Rasputin / The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College). His most recent two-act play, Bad Evidence, premiered at The Cell Theater in New York City and subsequently enjoyed a six-week run in Los Angeles. Four operas for which he wrote the librettos have had their world premieres at the 92nd Street Y s Kaufmann Concert Hall (Hester Prynne at Death), The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (John Adams in Amsterdam), The Brooklyn Historical Society (A Distant Love) and Chelsea Opera (The Mark of Cain).