Author: Laetitia Devernay

Plot Summary: This is a beautiful book of illustrations. There are no words as you watch a conductor approach a set of big bulbous trees. He climbs atop one tree and prepares his musicians-the leaves. Slowly, his orchestra begins as he directs a fluttering of leaves to leap from the tree. Momentum builds as the pages turn and you see and hear with your eyes a beautiful symphony of movement as the leaves engage in new patterns, new arrangements, and new relationships. At one point, all of the trees are almost completely naked, the leaves dancing everywhere. The conductor summons the leaves back to their places as the song nears the end. He takes a bow, descends his tree, and plants a new tree upon leaving his natural stage.Can we listen with our eyes? Is it possible to listen without using our ears? What does it mean to listen? Does silence enhance our ability to listen? Can music be silent?

Posted In: Aesthetics, Metaphysics

Discussion Questions:

Can we listen with our eyes? Is it possible to listen without using our ears?
What does it mean to listen?
Does silence enhance our ability to listen?
Can music be silent?

 

Contributed by Gobe Hirata