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SecretMusic FrontCoverA Novel for Early Music Lovers

Hidden River Press announces the publication of The Secret Music at Tordesillas, a novel in which Early Music plays a starring role. Set in the early years of the Spanish Inquisition, the story follows a young Granadan oud player of Jewish descent who becomes a court vihuelist for Juana I of Castile, the queen known to history as “Juana la Loca.” Inspired by the 1990 album by La Nef, Music for Joan the Mad, the novel explores the subversive power of music in a tumultuous and terrifying era — one that bears a striking resemblance to our own historical moment. The Secret Music at Tordesillas is available for order through independent bookstores as well as larger online booksellers. The author, Marjorie Sandor, has published five previous books of fiction and nonfiction, and was the 2004 winner of the National Jewish Book Award in Fiction. She has written frequently for Opera News on the relationship between music and literature.

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Posted 10/15/20


GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music — playing repertoire from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.