The Adventures of the Glass Harmonica

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by Amie Tullius

Salt Lake City novelist Dorothee Kocks’ sensualist tale—full of history, love and music.

kocksThe idea for the novel came to Dorothee Kocks at the library. She was researching accordion music to learn on her sparkling red Gabbanelli when she came across stories of an all-but forgotten instrument, the glass harmonica. It was a sensual and scandalous instrument popular in the early 1800s famous for inducing fits and hysteria in women. Kocks was in the downtown Salt Lake City library, staring out at the mountains, and she imagined a scene that would eventually become the end of her novel. It was the beginning of an adventure.

This article was originally published on January 1, 2011.