Friday, July 12, 2013

Some questions I am frequently asked #2

What is “The Danyl Song” in Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley?

That’s easy. It is the Queen of the Night aria from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. She gets two arias, but there is only one that is famous.  In the novel Danyl – the character, not the author – sings the aria on the rare occasion that he has a win, using his name (which, sadly, is not a dactyl – that would have been too awesome) as vocalise on the high notes, which are very high indeed. From memory the aria is in D minor. D for Danyl, obviously. It goes like this. All together now, with Natalie Dessay, “The vengeance of hell rages in my heart”:

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