By Stephen Orr
Dissonance starts off with piano perform. Fifteen-year-old Erwin Hergert is pressured to take on scales and experiences for 6 hours an afternoon via his mom, Madge, who's decided to provide Australia's first nice pianist. to assist Erwin concentration, Madge has exiled her husband, Johann, to the again shed. Jo is clinically determined with melanoma and Madge permits him again within, yet just for lengthy sufficient to die.
Madge takes Erwin to Hamburg to proceed his experiences. Erwin thrives in Germany together with his new instructor till he meets a neighbour, sixteen-year-old Luise, and unearths there is extra to lifestyles than music.
in the meantime, Germany is relocating in the direction of battle. overdue Nineteen Thirties Hamburg varieties the backdrop to an more and more tough love-triangle, as Erwin is torn among the piano, Luise, and the calls for of his love and devotion to his mom. quickly the bombs, actual and imagined, begin falling. Marriage and parenthood fall down to demise, and tragedy. ahead of lengthy Erwin and Madge are drawn into the horrors of a battle that leaves little time for music.
Dissonance is a re-imagining of the 'Frankfurt years' of Rose and Percy Grainger. this can be a novel approximately love in a single of its so much severe and damaging types, and the way humans try and live to tell the tale the specter of possession.