About this book
Paperback edition of the 1999 Whitbread fiction category winner. "Music & Silence" tells the story of a young lutenist who joins the Danish Royal Orchestra. A bold novel that examines the juxtaposition of good and evil, light and dark.
In 1629, a young English lutenist named Peter Claire arrives at the Danish Court to join King Christian IV's Royal Orchestra. From the moment when he realises that the musicians have to perform in a freezing cellar underneath the royal apartments, he understands that he's come to a place where the opposing states are waging war to the death.