The State of a Changed Man in Music

This month’s A Classics Challenge prompt is to select a piece of…


…that you feel reflects the book. Modern, classical, jazz, anything, it doesn’t have to be from the period of the novel but share what it is about the piece that echoes the novel in some way.

To pick up a piece of music that goes with the mood of a classic book you’re reading is somewhat tricky, and at first I hadn’t any idea what to submit in this prompt. Then I decided trying to combine two different things. First it is the book I’m reading now, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, which is also famous for its stage musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg, but that won’t be the piece of music I will present to you. Instead of offering classical music or a fragment of the stage musical, I give you epic music. A friend of mine introduced me to this genre of music a while ago, and you usually hear this kind of music in fantasy or epic films like Narnia or The Lord of the Rings. But hopefully this one piece that I picked could represent a mood from a certain moment from Les Misérables. I think it fits, don’t you agree? 🙂

Please read the lines I wrote below as you listen to the music.

It was the ex-convict Jean Valjean, who seemed forever guilty, forever excluded.

Carrying his darkened heart as a result of all those years in prison, one day Jean Valjean was touched by the light from the heart of a bishop, an upright man named M. Myriel.

Jean Valjean was redeemed.

He was free. He was staring to a bright new future.

He was starting life anew. Despair dissolved and from there emerged hope.

Jean Valjean was a changed man.


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4 thoughts on “The State of a Changed Man in Music

  1. Yep, it suits the theme–looking into a new hope. It’s good to hear something different here, any kind of music can reflect some passages or soul of classics books, not only classical music.


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