Have you ever wish books came with soundtracks? You’re in luck! Liz Tolsma put together a list of songs to go with her new release, The Melody of the Soul. Listen to the songs referenced in the book below! Plus, join Liz and other bookworms for a Facebook Live event on February 6. If you haven’t already, enter her prize pack giveaway—click here for more details and to enter.
Go back in time to 1943 and meet Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian and concert violinist whose career is ended because of Nazi occupation in Prague. Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Officer Horst Engel, quartered in Anna’s flat and dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.
I don’t listen to music when I write, because I need complete silence in order to concentrate. The book is filled with references to classical music, because Anna was a concert violinist. The following are some of the songs that appear in the book. The most significant song, and the one that sounds like what I envision the tone of the book to be, is Csárdás.
Mozart Violin Concerto Number Three
Vittorio Monti’s Csárdás
Paganini’s 24 Caprices
Bach Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor
Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony in D Minor
Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony.
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons