Classical Music Stories: Les Misérables

Les Miserables

Brahms: Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1

“Sleep softly, my child, sleep softly and well!
It breaks my heart to see you weep.”

These lines are from “Lady Anne Bothwell’s Lament” and appear at the beginning of Brahms’ score.  The entire “Lament” is from the perspective of a mother singing a lullaby to her child, but as the poem gets darker we soon discover that the child’s father has abandoned them.

Sound familiar?

To me, the opening of the piece sounds like Fantine singing a Continue reading

Detective Stories…Without Detectives (My Top 6)


The “A Tale of Two Cities” and “A Glimpse of the World With Detectives” blog posts from “Confessions of a Readaholic” have caused me to think lately about what a detective story really is (and since my posts lately been pretty much dominated by the Anna Karenina Classical Music Stories series, I thought I’d take a quick break to talk about something different).

Sure, we generally think of them as containing, well, a detective, and solving a mysterious crime. But I’m starting to think that other stories are like “detective” stories, too.

After all, when you read a book you’re always solving a mystery in a sense. You gradually discover who the characters are, what will happen to them, and/or how Continue reading