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Set in seventeenth century Denmark, Rose Tremain s dazzling, prize winning tale is a pungently atmospheric, richly provocative, and masterfully orchestrated romance of point and counterpoint loyalty and deceptiontenderness and violencecommunity and alienationpeace and conflict Music Silence Peter Claire is an English lutenist summoned to Denmark to join King Christian IV s royal orchestra Designated the king s Angel because of the purity of his physical beauty, Peter falls helplessly in love with the lovely companion of Queen Kirsten, the king s adulterous wife The young musician finds himself dangerously torn between loyalties, ensnared in the deep seated unrest of a royal court where the forces of good and evil, of harmony and dissonance, are ensconced in a battle to the death


10 thoughts on “Music & Silence

  1. Dolors Dolors says:

    To choose music as the restoring element of order, beauty and harmony and silence to weave the nuanced voices of a dozen characters tossed by the turbulent currents of History is not an easy task per se, particularly if the reality of place and time includes shifting narratives, past and present tenses and a historical frame that happens tangentially to the plots and subplots of the story.The endeavor becomes evenambitious when the setting is the Denmark of the 17th Century, an isolated pl To choose music as the restoring element of order, beauty and harmony and silence to weave the nuanced voices of a dozen characters tossed by the turbulent currents of History is not an easy task per se, particularly if the reality of place and time includes shifting narratives, past and present tenses and a historical frame that happens tangentially to the plots and subplots of the story.The endeavor becomes evenambitious when the setting is the Denmark of the 17th Century, an isolated place surrounded by water and murky clouds, and the reality of the Danish court is carved with the uneven chiselers of disparate narrations by historical and fabricated figures, mostly tormented individuals who grope in the darkness of their disillusionments and whose elusive chronicles hum with undertonesredolent of fairy tales than the expected polyphonic visions of high quality historical fiction King Christian IV, a renaissance prince, who vouches for intellectual freedom and the abolition of serfdom, is manipulated by his adulterous wife Queen Kirsten and his mother old Queen Sofie, whose basement brims over with gold ingots that replenish her greediness The Irish Earl O Fingal is in a frenzy to capture the elusive notes of the epitome of musical beauty that arrested him in dreams while his wife leads a double life with the young and virtuous lutenist Peter Claire, who in turn joins the royal orchestra and finds in innocent Emilia, maid to lascivious Queen Kirsten, his ideal companion An entangled gossamer of improbable coincidences and contradictory versions of the facts that mould history gives shape to a world in constant self conflict that is both tangible and remote, gloomy and fantastic, accidental and bizarre The characters lack chromatic expression and they rest in conventional stalls made of either pure good or dark evil The story lacks the recurrent motif that binds independent movements to the thematic unity of the symphony, presenting instead a dissonant assortment of little facts and fanciful perspectives that fails to draw the bigger picture.The echo of a distant music can be discerned coming from the freezing dungeons of the Danish palace, where the oil lamp dribbles onto slippery floors and a blue flame flickers hesitantly on the dark walls of time and memory, but when the last note has been played, a deafening silence wipes out the faltering melody of these souls who in the end speak only with forgettable, vacant wordsAnd if Memory be faulty as I do think mine must certainly be then we shall remain all of our lives Indifferent to Music


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Music and Silence, Rose TremainRose Tremain was born Rosemary Jane Thomson on 2 August 1943 in London Music and Silence is a novel written by the English author Rose Tremain It is set in and around the court of Christian IV of Denmark in the years 1629 and 1630 The main historical event depicted is the end of Christian s second marriage, to Kirsten Munk, and the start of his third, to Vibeke Kruse Vibeke Kruse died 1648 was the official mistress of King Christian IV of Denmark between 1629 Music and Silence, Rose TremainRose Tremain was born Rosemary Jane Thomson on 2 August 1943 in London Music and Silence is a novel written by the English author Rose Tremain It is set in and around the court of Christian IV of Denmark in the years 1629 and 1630 The main historical event depicted is the end of Christian s second marriage, to Kirsten Munk, and the start of his third, to Vibeke Kruse Vibeke Kruse died 1648 was the official mistress of King Christian IV of Denmark between 1629 and 1648 and the mother of one of his three acknowledged, illegitimate sons, Ulrik Christian Gyldenl ve She was described as influential There are also numerous sub plots and parallel stories, the main one being the love affair between two fictional characters, an English lutenist Peter Claire and Emilie Tilsen, a Danish servant of Kirsten s In addition there are several references to Danish history and flashbacks to Christian s childhood and subsequent development 2005 1382 581 9643511200 20


  3. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    Due to my unreasonable irritability the author s reversal of the historical relationship between Christian IV and his mother over money and the bizarre invention of having the Danes ask the Russians for mining experts to help them develop silver mines in Norway but who are eaten by wolves on their way there, the Russians had no expertise in silver mining in the 17th century view spoiler and as is well known wolves only eat mining experts if they are also grandmothers hide spoiler If you are Due to my unreasonable irritability the author s reversal of the historical relationship between Christian IV and his mother over money and the bizarre invention of having the Danes ask the Russians for mining experts to help them develop silver mines in Norway but who are eaten by wolves on their way there, the Russians had no expertise in silver mining in the 17th century view spoiler and as is well known wolves only eat mining experts if they are also grandmothers hide spoiler If you are not prone to the same character faults as myself you could well enjoy the slightly dreamlike atmosphere of the flashbacks in the Kings mind to the battle of Breitenfeld in which his hopes for dominion over northern Germany were crushed which I did enjoy, not the crushing of Christian IV s political ambitions view spoiler a sad day, for a hard working monarch who seemed to have nothing but bad luck hide spoiler but Tremain s writing , the tragic relationship of the King and his friend and the way that the King frames that relationship to himself and the end of the relationship between the King and Kirsten Munk.All of which is at a tangent to other story in the book of the English musician, like some fictional John Dowland, sent to Denmark to play at his court, but who, owing to a singular encounter with a beetle, suffers from a disabling case of deafness.There is the same richness of description as in the author s Restoration but also the same preference for atmosphere over historical accuracy I think there s an argument that you are best off considering these books as fantasias on historical themes and go with the flow of them My desire for historical accuracy no doubt is just pedantic Ah, actually I d best confess, I have a soft spot for Christian IV He was one of those people in history who tried hard and saw their best efforts come to naught He rushed about founding new towns to enhance Danish commerce, slowly built up his political reach, patiently built up cash reserves, but in life planting seeds doesn t ensure a thriving plant I ll endeavour not to grind my teeth over it Anyway, recommended for those hard and unsentimental readers indifferent to Christian IV s fate, yet easy going on questions of accuracy and precision


  4. Philip Allan Philip Allan says:

    The structure of this book is like a rope, with different strands wound together to create a whole At its core is the strange court of the 17th century King Christian IV of Denmark This is a world in flux, where the old certainties of the past are being challenged by the advance of science and the new Protestant religion Another strand is the love affair between a young English lute player and a maid Then there is the lonely king, brooding on his past, with its battles lost and vanished frie The structure of this book is like a rope, with different strands wound together to create a whole At its core is the strange court of the 17th century King Christian IV of Denmark This is a world in flux, where the old certainties of the past are being challenged by the advance of science and the new Protestant religion Another strand is the love affair between a young English lute player and a maid Then there is the lonely king, brooding on his past, with its battles lost and vanished friends His unsupportive, unfaithful queen, with her affairs Strangest of all is the tale of the heroine s family, dominated by the mesmerising character of her stepmother, Magdalena, as she captivates them with a mixture of culinary skill and sexual power.This is a book that uses all of the reader s senses to capture the past The music and silence of the title, of course, but also heat and clinging cold, light and dark as in the opening passage where we follow a lamp guttering through the dark palace The brilliant orchestra, condemned to play in a damp cellar Tremain adds further complexity with her writing style, shifting from first to third person narration, and moving through time.I thoroughly enjoyed Rose Tremain s Music and Silence This a novel full of memorable characters, bizarre situations which succeeds in opening up the past, not through layers of authentic detail, but in the best way, through interesting characters and intriguing plots


  5. Lynn Lynn says:

    I am a late convert to Rose Tremain s writing and what beautiful writing it is Having suffered through some appalling novels of late, it was wonderful to have this novel remind me that there are still some very talented authors out there It took me a little while to get used to the episodic nature of this novelpronounced than in Restoration but I found myself engaged by the characters and their stories even the appalling Kirsten and intrigued by the narrative At times the novel I am a late convert to Rose Tremain s writing and what beautiful writing it is Having suffered through some appalling novels of late, it was wonderful to have this novel remind me that there are still some very talented authors out there It took me a little while to get used to the episodic nature of this novelpronounced than in Restoration but I found myself engaged by the characters and their stories even the appalling Kirsten and intrigued by the narrative At times the novel seemed to move a little slowly, but I simply reminded myself to be lulled along by the quiet beauty of Tremain s writing rather than expect a high action drama


  6. Jon Jon says:

    Loved it..couldnt put it down I love the way its written from different perspectives and jumps back in time so you gradually learnabout the characters backrounds and connections Im not a massive fan of alot of Historical fiction, preferring to read the real thing For example Alison Weirs or Antonia Frasers biographies of European Royals are as gripping as any fiction with plots counter plots intrigue and sumptous detail, why would you need a weak inaccurate story built around the same Loved it..couldnt put it down I love the way its written from different perspectives and jumps back in time so you gradually learnabout the characters backrounds and connections Im not a massive fan of alot of Historical fiction, preferring to read the real thing For example Alison Weirs or Antonia Frasers biographies of European Royals are as gripping as any fiction with plots counter plots intrigue and sumptous detail, why would you need a weak inaccurate story built around the same period Perhaps not knowing anything at all about the historical characters in Music and Silence helped me overcome this, I enjoyed knowing they were real, but i was able to enjoy it for beatifully written story telling


  7. Patricia Bracewell Patricia Bracewell says:

    Set in 17th century Denmark at the court of Christian the 4th, this book reminds me of a fairy tale by Hans Andersen, for it is full of magic and wonder The writing is lovely, except for the sections in which certain characters revel in some rather sordid sexual antics The writing, though, fits the characters and events There are several witches, a king, the good girl, the hero even a boy who works wonders They are all larger than life another element that adds to the feeling of fairyt Set in 17th century Denmark at the court of Christian the 4th, this book reminds me of a fairy tale by Hans Andersen, for it is full of magic and wonder The writing is lovely, except for the sections in which certain characters revel in some rather sordid sexual antics The writing, though, fits the characters and events There are several witches, a king, the good girl, the hero even a boy who works wonders They are all larger than life another element that adds to the feeling of fairytale There are palaces and buried treasure This was a theme driven book rather than plot driven, with elements of light and dark, music and silence, fidelity and betrayal It s a book I would read again, just to savor it eventhan I did the first time


  8. Newtqueen Newtqueen says:

    I read a review in this week s New Yorker on a new Tremaine book that praised her older work, so I went to the library and got Music Silence, which has a Whitbread Award It concerns a lute player and his misadventures in 17th C Denmark Sadly for me, it s written in that faux archaic style which some authors think emulates the time they are writing about, and I find it cloying How does she know people talked like that To add to my chagrin, the characters seem to be either saints or depraved I read a review in this week s New Yorker on a new Tremaine book that praised her older work, so I went to the library and got Music Silence, which has a Whitbread Award It concerns a lute player and his misadventures in 17th C Denmark Sadly for me, it s written in that faux archaic style which some authors think emulates the time they are writing about, and I find it cloying How does she know people talked like that To add to my chagrin, the characters seem to be either saints or depraved evil people I m having trouble understanding the Whitbread for this book


  9. David Lowther David Lowther says:

    Music and Silence is the third of Rose Tremain s novels I ve read following on from The Way I found Her excellent and The Gustav Sonata masterpiece It most certainly won t be the last.The story is set in 1629 and 1630 in Denmark while the Thirty Years War rages in the background Moving from one location to another part of the novel is set in Ireland and part in England , this is essentially a complex love story and a tale of coming to terms with one s own weaknesses and willingness to mak Music and Silence is the third of Rose Tremain s novels I ve read following on from The Way I found Her excellent and The Gustav Sonata masterpiece It most certainly won t be the last.The story is set in 1629 and 1630 in Denmark while the Thirty Years War rages in the background Moving from one location to another part of the novel is set in Ireland and part in England , this is essentially a complex love story and a tale of coming to terms with one s own weaknesses and willingness to make final amends.The characters are fascinating There are two women villains who make Melissa Leo seem kind The men are never quite sure which way to turn and often act indecisively causing distress to themselves and others The result is an absorbing novel, brilliantly researched,which builds to a thrilling, and in many ways, unexpected climax.David Lowther Author of The Blue Pencil, Liberating Belsen, Two Families at War and The Summer of 39, all published by Sacristy Press


  10. Nikki Bezdel Nikki Bezdel says:

    A difficult book to lose yourself in The skill of the author in creating exquisite prose is undeniable, but I have to confess to losing interest in the story onthan a couple of occasions The switching back and forth between numerous points of view leaves one somewhat adrift and the story does tend to meander off the point quite regularly All in all, if you enjoy a literary work of considerable skill, you will enjoy the magic woven with words here However, I found the plot leaden and c A difficult book to lose yourself in The skill of the author in creating exquisite prose is undeniable, but I have to confess to losing interest in the story onthan a couple of occasions The switching back and forth between numerous points of view leaves one somewhat adrift and the story does tend to meander off the point quite regularly All in all, if you enjoy a literary work of considerable skill, you will enjoy the magic woven with words here However, I found the plot leaden and could not summon up much empathy for any of the characters For the poetry of the narrative I could give 5 stars, but for overall enjoyment, sadly only 3