Maestro Essay

Topics: Love, Peter Goldsworthy, Concept Pages: 3 (1062 words) Published: August 4, 2011
Maestro Essay

Discuss the ways that composers of text use distinctively visual elements to convey ideas in their texts.

Distinctively visual elements convey concepts and ideas presented by composers in texts which are expressed through the construction of writing within a novel or through symbolic artworks. In the novel ‘Maestro’ by Peter Goldsworthy and the sand art performance by Kseniya Simonova, distinctively visual images are generated thorough various techniques which convey the concepts of love and lust, the significance of loving bonds and the impact of war.(68)

Paul, the main character in ‘Maestro’ is taught by a musical maestro named Keller who not only teaches him about his music, but also life skills. Keller becomes instrumental to Paul’s life and Goldsworthy presents this clearly in his novel. As Paul matures, he slowly comes to the realisation that he is beginning to learn from the maestro, and that Keller's phrasings, which seemed absurd in adolescence, blossom into a "musical bible whose texts I knew by heart" (p.123). This is a metaphor that emphasises the importance of Keller’s phrasings to Paul as they are referred to as a “musical bible”, displaying the importance of Keller in Paul’s life. It is through this metaphor that the composer conveys the significance of the loving bond between Paul and Keller to Paul in his development.(133)

Although, as Paul matures, his attitudes towards the Maestro become warmer and they develop an unexpressed bond “I came to love the man, to depend on him” (p.13). The metaphor, “A straining hawser” (p. 118) provides a distinctively visual image of Paul and Keller firmly clenching each others hands which symbolises the strength of the emotional connection between Paul and the maestro. This is significant as Paul’s connection with the maestro possesses great importance throughout his life as Paul develops a sense of maturity and personal development through him. Therefore, it is through this...
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