Sounds of War
By Cindy Chen
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction
“I’m glad you’re staying,” he told me in between of one of the pieces.
“Me too,” I replied. I was comforted by the fact that for just a little while more, my life here in Leningrad would remain the same. As the notes rang out in the halls of the Conservatoire, and as my fingers moved alongside Isaak’s on the keyboard, I felt content. Safe. I knew where the phrases began and ended, and I knew which notes came next. The double bar lines at the end of the piece allowed me to draw the piece to an end, and the music notations told me what to do and how to manipulate the sound. I was always in control of the music.
... but I was completely at the mercy of the war.