What's in a song? In this case, life or death, or maybe just death.
Vienna in Violet centers around a song Franz Schubert writes on a sudden commission. He composes the song from a poem written by the notorious Countess Eugénie von Neulinger and performs it the next night at the countess' soirée. The song is performed by his real-life long-term partner in song, Johann Michael Vogl, the narrator of this story. Within hours of the performance, Eugénie is murdered. Both Vogl and Schubert become two of the many suspects. There follows an investigation, with Vogl being the main civilian investigator.
Matters get complicated. The police hire an unstable detective, Timerich, to delve into the lives of Schubert and Vogl, searching Schubert's rooms and attempting to kill him, convinced he's the murderer. Then Timerich is murdered.
The many suspects, including Eugenie's former lovers, all have motives, but none remain under suspicion. And there doesn't seem to be a solid motive for the murder. Vogel at last realizes that Schubert's song must be the key to the whole business, and puts enough pieces together just in time to save his friend's and his own life and bring about the murderer's demise.
David W. Frank was educated at Harvard University and Stanford University. Virtually all of his career post-college has been spent either teaching in a classroom or acting or directing in a theater. His acting edition of Ibsen's The Pillars of Society and a loose adaptation of Henry Fielding's The Mock Doctor have been published on-line (Emelior Publications, 1999). Three original theater pieces have had public performancesMillie's Birthday Present (a play for children written for and performed on tour by the Blue Phrog players of North Country Community College, January1975), Musical! (a revue of Broadway songs for which he wrote the book, performed by The Green Mountain Guild, December1983-Mach 1984) and 4'33" in Rehearsal, performed as part of the Buffalo Quickies short play festival in March 2007 at the Alley Theatre in Buffalo, N.Y.