Sedition, or The Marriage Recital, ‘a wicked sense of humor … subversive and thrilling … it will keep you up all night’ The New York Times Book Review
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London, 1794. Revolution creeps across the channel, coffee houses seethe with gossip and the City is full of upstarts, émigrés and speculators. But even in unruly times, daughters need husbands. For four City men, the question is how to get them.
The daughters. Motherless Alathea, whose charms are grown disturbing, uses the whole of London exactly as she pleases. Harriet, Georgiana, Marianne and Everina are cosseted at home, but home is not always a safe place. As Claude Belladroit, piano-master, remarks, what’s the point of locking the shutters when danger comes through the front door?
In the shadow of Tyburn gibbet, Vittorio Cantabile, exile and instrument-maker, also has a daughter. Born with a deformity her father cannot forgive, Annie is far from cosseted. In her father’s workshop, resentments are fashioned as well as pianofortes, and dreams are smashed without mercy.
Fathers and daughters; mothers and daughters; husbands and wives; girls and boys; the pursued and the pursuing. Whether in gilded drawing room or dusty workshop, when a city is infected with sedition, everything is reflected through a distorting prism of jealousy, revenge and sexual devilry.
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A lovely day for me and my Sedition girls. New York may be far away from Glasgow distance-wise, but I feel my girls and I are walking down 5th Avenue in our concert clothes.
Everina is very fond of Clementi.
Thank you, Cory Hall, playing his 1929 Steinway. Everina could learn a thing or two, but of course she never does.
Why not listen to Annie and Alathea making music? I do love this animated score:
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Sonata in C (HWV 577)
And here is Monsieur. Alathea has been working her magic. Bach may have blushed.
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C minor (BWV 847) from Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1, played by Sviatoslav Richter