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Scott Drayco is a former classical concert pianist, so music is very much at the center of his life. Since he also has chromesthesia—a type of synesthesia where sounds have colors, shapes, and textures—he experiences the world as a multi-sensory orchestra.


Here's a text listing of music referenced in PLAYED TO DEATH:


  • Beethoven’s “Pathetique” piano sonata

  • Seduction Aria from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet

  • “The Windmills of My Mind” music by French composer Michel Legrand and English lyrics written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman

  • The song “I want what I have not,” poem by Bohdan Zaleski, music by Frédéric Chopin

  • Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”

  • Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue”

  • “The Black Angel's Death Song” by The Velvet Underground

  • Dies Irae (no composer listed, but the tune has been used in such works as “Totentanz” by Franz Liszt and "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz)


Here's a text listing of music referenced in REQUIEM FOR INNOCENCE:


  • Debussy's “Clair de Lune•

  • Debussy's “Pavane pour infante defunte”

  • Brahms Intermezzo in A Major from Opus 118

  • Bach fugues

  • Liszt Totentanz

  • Liszt Mephisto Waltzes

  • Chopin's Etude Opus 25, #1, arranged by Godowsky for the left hand alone


Here's a text listing of music referenced in DIES IRAE


  • Chopin - Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2

  • Claude Debussy, La cathédrale engloutie

  • Puccini’s aria “O mio babbino caro” from the opera Gianni Schicchi

  • “Ave Maria” by Bach

  • “Ave Maria” by Schubert

  • Beatles, “Eleanor Rigby”

  • Bach's Italian Concerto, BWV 971

  • “Mira, O Norma” from the opera Norma by Bellini

  • Ondine by Ravel

  • Transcription of Dvorak's “Hymn to the Moon” from Russalka

  • “Climb Every Mountain” from Sound of Music

Here's a text listing of music referenced in ELEGY IN SCARLET

  • Intermezzo in A Major from Opus 118 by Brahms

  • J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in c minor BWV 847

  • J.S. Bach Shepherd Cantata (“Fly, vanish, flee, o worries")

  • Beethoven Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Major WoO. 36

  • Frédéric Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Élégie in E-flat minor

  • Frédéric Chopin Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Here's a text listing of music referenced in THE SUICIDE SONATA

  • John Denver tribute song to Jacques Cousteau, “Calypso”

  • Add Barber's Agnus Dei (choral)

  • Chopin etude  (unnamed)

  • Schubert Impromptu Opus #90, #3

  • Rachmaninov Prelude Op 23, #5 g minor

  • Bartok - Romanian Folk Dances (1915) Sz. 56, BB 68

  • Bartok - Marche funebre Sz. 75b, BB 31

  • Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens

  • Duo Concertante by Stravinsky

  • J. S. Bach English Suite No. 5 BWV 810 in E Minor

  • Brahms Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 6, in E flat minor

  • Debussy’s Reflets dans l’Eau

  • The Suicide Sonata and Song by “Adojan Dobos” are fictitious. However, the song on which they are based is called "Gloomy Sunday" by Rezso Seress and László Jávor

Here's a text listing of music referenced in DEADLY DANCE

  • Chopin Mazurka in D major from Opus 33

  • Chopin’s Opus 48 Nocturne in C minor

  • Debussy Arabesque No. 1 in E major

  • Liszt’s “Orage” from suite No.1 of his “Annees de pelerinage.

  • Schubert - Du bist die Ruh

  • Satie’s Gymnopédie, No. 1

  • Bach Prelude in C

  • Bach Prelude and Fugue No.21

  • Bach English Suite No 2 in A minor BWV 807  

  • Debussy - Arabesque No. 1

  • Beethoven's Tempest Sonata

  • Scottish Lullaby, Baloo Baleerie

  • Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (slow first movement)

  • Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 23 “Appassionata,” Op. 57

Here's a text listing of music referenced in MELODY OF MURDER

  • Ernest von Dohnanyi:  Variations on a Nursery Tune

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Twelve variations on "Ah vous dirai-je maman"

  • Big band version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Fictional)

  • Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne op. 9 no. 1 in B flat minor

  • Chopin:  Etude Op.10 No.3 in E Major

  • Chopin:  Etude Op.10 No.12 "Revolutionary"

  • JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue No.9 Well Tempered Clavier  Book 1

  • Bach: Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor BWV 873

  • Bach: Chorale Cantata (transcribed for piano)

  • Claude Debussy: Suite Bergamasque, especially "Claire de lune"

  • Jean-Phillippe Rameau: "Tristes apprêts" from Castor et Pollux

  • Giacomo Puccini: "O Mio Babbino Caro"from Gianni Schicchi, played by Kostelanaz orchestra

  • Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata #6

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Queen of the Night aria, "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" from The Magic Flute



Check out my Listopia on Goodreads, titled “Musical Mysteries,” and feel free to add your own suggestions!

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