NABOKV-L post 0019360, Tue, 9 Feb 2010 04:50:31 -0200

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Ingibjorg Elsa Bjornsdottir:Do any of you recall whether Nabokov let any of his characters anytime listen to music or even like music in any of his his fiction? Is there a complete consistency also in his works of intense dislike for music?
Julian Connolly: A brief discussion of some of these issues may be found in the following article: Julian Connolly, "The Quest for a Natural Melody in the Fiction of Vladimir Nabokov," in Nabokov at the Limits: Redrawing Critical Boundaries, ed. Lisa Zunshine (New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1999): 69-85
Vladimir Mylnikov: a short story "Muzyka"

JM: Lolita was fond of capering and dancing about to music: perhaps worth checking into?
I remember, from "King Queen Knave," an assortment of links to Puccini's opera "La Bohème." In ADA, "La Boheme" is indirectly mentioned again, through "Colline" (Dmitri's role for his operatic debut in Milan). There's Richard Wagner in "The Return of Chorb," probably "Tannhauser."
As DN wrote in his 1995 preface to The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov: "But what is stranger, music, for which he never professed a special love, often figures prominently in his writing ("Sounds," "Bachmann," "Music," "The Assistant Producer")."

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