Halloween 2014: Lestat’s Sonata



Interview with the Vampire is a debut gothic horror and vampire novel by American author Anne Rice , published in 1976. Based on a short story Rice wrote around 1968, the novel centers on vampire Louis de Point du Lac, who tells the story of his life to a reporter. Rice composed the novel shortly after the death of her young daughter Michelle, who served as an inspiration for the child-vampire character Claudia. Though initially the subject of mixed critical reception, the book was followed by a large number of widely popular sequels, collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles. A film adaptation was released in 1994, starring Brad Pitt  and Rom Cruise, and the novel has been adapted as a comic three times.

Haydn’s Piano Sonata Number 59 (Hob. XVI:49, in E-flat major) is a wonderful piece composed in 1789. At least two piano-transcriptions of the second movement (Adagio e Cantabile) have been written. Juan Sebastian Gutierrez’s version, written in 1921, is suited for intermediate piano-students. George Fenton’s version, called Lestat’s Sonata is featured in the 1994 American horror-movie Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, which is based on the 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. In that movie, Lestat is a vampire played by Tom Cruise. 


Interview with the vampire


Before Stephenie Meyer watered down vampires with sparkles and high school drama, Anne Rice reigned supreme in the world of the undead.

With “Prince Lestat,” out Tuesday, she retakes her throne as queen of the damned.

Rice’s latest novel is the 13th book in her Vampire Chronicles series, which starts with “Interview with the Vampire.” The Vampire Chronicles are stylized as memoirs of blood-sucking individuals, with the first five books centered mostly around Lestat (Tom Cruise’s character, if you’ve seen the movie). Later books are penned from the perspective of other vampires, whose paths usually cross with Lestat’s.

Lestat De Lion Court

“Prince Lestat” is most closely tied to the third book, “The Queen of the Damned.” However, the rebellious Lestat of “Damned,” who defied his elders by attracting worldwide attention as an ’80s rock star, has become unsettled and unsure of his place in the world by 2013.

Adding to his disquiet is a voice that speaks to him and other vampires, goading younger vampires to turn on each other and older vampires to destroy the younger ones. Because of his former fame, Lestat finds himself pressured to lead and must decide whether to accept this responsibility.

“Prince Lestat” takes a while to get going, with Rice using much of the novel’s first half to refresh the reader’s memory. While these mandatory recaps usually make for quick page turns, in this case they’re crucial, given the amount of time that’s passed (38 years since the first book, 11 years since the most recent).

Lestat De Lion Court

Yet Rice avoids pagelong summaries, trusting her readers’ memories—or her memorable writing—to do the rest. Having read most of the series between 2007 and 2009, I found she re-shared just enough to prod my memory in the right direction. Soon the details, still vivid thanks to her visceral and gritty imagery, came flooding back. It’s not unlike how Rice describes the act of drinking blood, starting with a small bite and turning into a deluge of gore and memories from the dying victim.

But in no way is the series the dying victim in this analogy. While “Prince Lestat” nicely gathers together the various plotlines and protagonists of the previous 12 books, it also infuses new life into the Vampire Chronicles and sets the stage for a new era. (The next book in the series tentatively is titled “Blood Paradise.”)

In the post-”Twilight” world, Rice re-establishes her dominion over literary vampiredom, turning the focus from light romanticization and back to the dark, sometimes downright ugly side of the undead. During an angry rant, one character refers to “this stupid, ridiculous cheap high school vampire babble.” Ironically, he’s referring to the Vampire Chronicles, but Rice very easily could have been pointing to another, more recently popular series.

Take that, Edward Cullen.

Brad Pitt "Intervista col vampiro"

louis du point du lac
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) was a prolific and extraordinarily influential Austrian composer. He virtually invented the symphony and the string quartet; and he was instrumental in the development of the piano trio and in the evolution of sonata form. He wrote masterpieces in almost all genres.Haydn’s music is remarkable for its melodic and harmonic invention, distinctive and original ideas, sublime lyricism, and dramatic profundity.




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