Twelve Days of Christmas: Music

This is my entry for the third day of the 12 Days of Christmas Bop: Music.

“Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.”
– Ludwig van Beethoven

The moonlight spilled over his windowsill.

Age-creased hands tapped rhythmically at a keyless keyboard that sounded only in his mind. Dark clouds fled swiftly across the sky, scattering the light. A storm was coming.

He was not there. He was lost in a summer, 24 years ago. The glow of Giulietta, her fire, her elusive smile. He’d written her a sonata. He could not hear her voice, but he remembered the touch of her hand: the slight pressure and then slipping away, a sylph of light and air.

An octave in the left hand and a triplet in the right, repeated, repeated, as he felt the thrill through his veins again. He played his windowsill piano, feeling the Adagio Sostenuto pour through the tips of his fingers. A brisk wind was kicking up and he felt, rather than heard, the distant thunder.

“Delicatissimamente,” he murmured. Italian always captured Giulietta better than the dissonance of the German.

The rain started then, thick drops spattering the sill. Heedless, he played on.

His face, that rough-hewn clay, held little attraction for such a lovely young Countess, but his playing had always drawn her like a moth to the flame. She would sit beside him on the bench, whispering into his unhearing ears. He would rest his hand atop her small one and guide it through the roll of her sonata.

The blanket tucked around his legs fell away. The thunder cracked its bass and the wind lashed his face with water. He rose, with the intoxicating spiral of the final swell, her only kiss on his lips.

They found him the next morning, crumpled by the open window, a faint smile remaining for the music only he could hear.

11 Comments

  1. Rowanwolf
    Dec 27, 2012

    Anna, such delicious poetry. I totally love this! You have truly captured the passion of music and love, entwined in the love of a lifetime. So wonderful. Thank you!!

  2. Laura James
    Dec 27, 2012

    I just knew you would come up with a wonderful story for music, and you haven’t disappointed. Touching and magical :)

  3. Meg McNulty
    Dec 27, 2012

    Beautiful, just beautiful. For me, this is one of the most lovely things you’ve ever written. I could feel the music and the emotion.

  4. Lisa Shambrook
    Dec 27, 2012

    Totally carried away in your lyrical words that evoke such powerful emotions! Just heavenly.

  5. Bullish
    Dec 27, 2012

    This totally wrecked me – in the loveliest of ways!! Brilliant and beautiful!! xo

  6. lizzie loodles
    Dec 27, 2012

    A truly stunning piece; the passion of music spills from the page. xx

  7. mysoulstears
    Dec 28, 2012

    Wow. Which kinda says it all. Just. Wow.

  8. Cameron Lawton
    Dec 28, 2012

    Both your writing and your music make me cry …. but in a totally joyful way. Don’t ever stop, Anna. xxx

  9. Sophie Moss
    Dec 29, 2012

    Breathtaking, Anna. Wow. I was so caught up in this story. The writing was just brillaint. I agree with Meg, one of the best pieces I’ve read by you! Your love of music really shines through. :)

  10. Kern Windwraith
    Dec 31, 2012

    Beautiful, heartbreaking, heart-restoring–this is absolutely delicious, Anna.

  11. moonduster
    Jan 4, 2013

    This is beautiful, Anna. :)

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