Peter Goldsworthy - Maestro - the Band

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‘Remembering that moment, those brave words, I realise how they were a turning point: a fork in the path of my life, a spinning of the bottle that could have gone anyway.’ Throughout the novel, ‘Maestro’ by Peter Goldsworthy, Paul undergoes some significant changes in both his public and private worlds. A major event in the novel that helps construct a complication and shape meaning, is Paul’s, the protagonist’s, involvement in the band, Rough Stuff. Paul’s participation in this band influences his priorities, perspectives, values, musical taste, behaviour, relationships, acceptance and attitudes. The decision to become involved in a band has many effects on Paul’s private worlds. Paul undergoes many changes such as his relationship with his parents and his piano teacher, Herr Keller. Before the band, Paul was an accomplished pianist and that’s the way his parents brought him up as they too are very interested in classical piano as they both play the instrument themselves. They don’t really approve of Paul’s new friends, his band mates and they believe he is turning into a teenage archetype unlike the quiet, musical young boy he was before the band. Paul, through the band, becomes a bit more independent such as going on a trip down south to perform with his band at a musical festival. Paul reflects on his personality change after arguing with his mother, ‘Mother. Was this the first time I had used the word in that way – keeping her at a distance as if with a verbal barge pole. Certainly somewhere in that year she had made the transition from Mum to Mother; the journey of nuances.’ This self-reflection highlight to the audience Paul’s shit in personalities towards his relationships with his parents. Another relationship in Paul’s private world that undergoes change is his relationship with his piano teacher, Herr Keller, The Maestro. Throughout the entirety of the novel, Paul has an ongoing obsession with his piano teacher, forever trying to uncover his...
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