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Music and the men of Austen by C. Allyn Pierson — 5 Comments

  1. I enjoyed your post and thought on the music. It is very interesting. I agree with Luthian84. I love listening to music that is soothing…especially from favorite movies…the music from the 2005 P&P is particularly relaxing and after 10 hours with 13 4 year olds and 11 2 year olds I listen to it on my way home from work to calm me. I also play the soundtrack when the kids are particularly energized and it works to calm them. I also listen to soft classical music and Enya’s music to go to sleep by.

    Thanks for reposting this. Many books I read have music as part of the story…but other than Phantom of the Opera by Gaston LeRoux as Paricia F mentioned and Jane Austen’s stories and many of the variations I can’t think of any off hand.

  2. This is not Austen related, but I think of Beth in ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott. But I have to love Beatrice Nearey’s comment the best…what a laugh I had!

  3. Yes, I too listen to classical music while i work and have taken the 2005 P&P CD to work to play.

    Jane Eyre is interrogated by Rochester as to her talents as a governess. “And now what did you learn at Lowood? Can you play? A little. Of course; this is the established answer. Go into the library – I mean, if you please. – …leave the door open: sit down to the piano, and play a tune”…Enough! …You play a little, I see; like any other English school girl: perhaps rather better than some, but not well. ” And later he and Blanche Ingram sing together during an evening’s gathering after dinner.

  4. I enjoyed reading your analysis of music in Jane Austen, Ms. Pierson! I think it the most romantic addition to a love story, and also as a solace for inexpressible emotions. … In the ’95 P&P film, there is a lovely scene where Elizabeth steps forward to support Georgiana when Caroline had upset her while she was playing… and then the look exchanged between her and Darcy! Heart-stopping, indeed! (This wasn’t Jane Austen’s account however.)

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