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A Little Tune

One of the most resonating elements of Emma to me is the mystery of the pianoforte (basically an old name for a piano). Miss Jane Fairfax, who is visiting her aunt due to sickness, has no piano or musical instruments at the house to play on. But one day, Jane Fairfax receives a beautiful pianoforte from a mystery-man with no note attached. It is speculated that Mr. Knightley gave her the piano, which even more intensfies Emma’s struggle for attention, because she fears that her closest friend is even getting drawn into Jane Fairfax more than herself. Jane Fairfax plays piano beautifully, and attracts the attention of all of the men around her –Mr. Elton, Mr. Knightley, and especially Frank Churchill.

For an aspect of my blog, I have decided to play a song, which I have only had for a few weeks, named “Dawn” by Dario Marianelli. I decided to choose a non-traditional classical song (instead of a piece by Mozart or Beethoven) because I feel like it better represents Emma’s brightness, even though she is definitely rich and kind of uptight sometimes, and her hope. Marianelli was inspired by the music of Jane Austen’s lifetime when he wrote the piece. It was made for the soundtrack to the movie Pride and Prejudice, but I feel like it truly applies to my book as well.


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