[DWJ] Music in DWJ

Elizabeth Evans er.evans at auckland.ac.nz
Tue Nov 29 18:13:14 EST 2011

In Susan Cooper's _The Dark is Rising_, Will and his brother are choristers in the local church, and try to blend their voices so perfectly that it sounds like just one voice singing.
I'm pretty sure there are other music references in the series as well, but it's a long time since I've read it.

In _The Hobbit_ there are songs a-plenty. Not as many as _Lord of the Rings_, of course, but then I wouldn't call LotR kid-lit. 
And it is questionable whether the songs are magical - they _seem_ like a non-magical part of the story. But I think they _are_ magical.


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From: dwj-bounces at suberic.net [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of Martha Hixon

If you are looking for non-DWJ books, there are the young adult "rock and
roll fairy tales" by David Stemple and his mom, Jane Yolen: *Trollbridge*and
*Pay the Piper*. Stemple also has *Singer of Souls,* also featuring a
musician who has faery insight. I'm thinking there are some other Tam Lin
modern retellings that feature a combination of music and magic, though I'm
blanking out on any specific titles at the moment (Holly Black's *Tithe*,

Not a children's lit author, but often read by young adults, is Patricia
McKillip, whose classic *Riddlemaster of Hed* trilogy features the
magician/harpist Deth --the end of that trilogy still moves me deeply, as
do almost all of McKillip's books. One of her latest, *The Bards of Bone
Plain*, also features musical mages. Charles de Lint often features musical
faery people in his urban fairy tales, and I think he has an old
pseudo-medieval fantasy that also features a harpist who is magical--it's a
rather common theme in those kinds of books, eh? So, you may want to be a
bit more specific on how you want to consider the magic/music connections
than simply musicians who are magical.


On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 6:17 PM, Gillian Houck <erikagillian at gmail.com>wrote:

> Again not children's per se, but War for the Oaks by Emma Bull, the
> power of rock and roll against the Unseelie court.
> On Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 4:13 AM, Liz Christie <blueyeti at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I'm writing a nice long project for uni on the topic of words and
> > music, with an intent to focus on DWJ and how she uses music to create
> > magic (I'm currently going to write on Cart and Cwidder, Fire and
> > Hemlock, and the Magicians of Caprona).  Does anyone have any
> > suggestions as to where else I could go?  My tutor said that writing
> > on one author was 'safe', especially since he has no idea what I'm
> > writing on, and I'm worried I should be branch out into the general
> > realms of kid lit.
> >
> > Any thoughts on other kid lit or DWJ books I'm not dealing with which
> > could be interesting on the topic of music?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Liz

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