''Rubbed by the warming violins'': music and Patrick White

Richards, Fiona (2012). ''Rubbed by the warming violins'': music and Patrick White. Cercles: Revue Pluridiscipline du Monde Anglophone, 26 pp. 22–38.

URL: http://www.cercles.com/n26/richards.pdf

Abstract

This article looks at the role of music in the Australian novelist Patrick White’s life and works. Just as composers have used a knowledge of literature to colour their music, some writers have drawn on their love and knowledge of music. White is considered within the context of writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and D.H. Lawrence, where musical knowledge is manifest in words in the use of musical structures, techniques and allusions. In addition the article uses the many references to music in White’s letters to demonstrate what he listened to, and how this coloured his texts, with a particular focus on the short stories and on three novels: The Aunt’s Story (1948), Voss (1957) and Riders in the Chariot (1974).

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