David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks, tells the BBC: ‘Prose isn’t that good at describing music. After three or four sentences it becomes as intolerable as listening to someone else’s dreams.’
All right, let’s dispel his lamentable ignorance with a list of novels about music.
1 Tolstoy, Kreutzer Sonata
2 J B Priestley, Angel Pavement
3 Marcel Proust, A la recherche du temps perdu….
Care to add any more?