We Never Really Leave the Past Behind Us. to What Extent Does Maestro Prove This to True?

We never really leave the past behind us. To what extent does Maestro prove this to true?

Peter Goldsworthy eccentric novel Maestro explores how the past cannot be left behind and forgotten and how it affects a live in either a negative way or a positive way. The two main protagonist being Herr Keller, who is a fine, yet talented pianist and Paul Crabbe an undisputed arrogant teenager. Teaching Paul how to play the piano, Keller begins by hiding his emotional side due to the loss of his family, and revealing nothing to Paul. The tragic death of his wife Matilda, who was a singer and a specialist in Wagner and his son Eric influences and drives Keller to a point where he promises himself to never play piano again.

Maestro, a prominent piano teacher, begins by hiding his story because it upsets him too much. He keeps a photo of his wife and son and even as he play he continuously glances at the photo to show how playing the piano emotionally reminds him of them. There death had been as a result of his wife being a Jew, and at that time the Jews were murdered as part of Hitler’s regime. But yet Keller chose to play for Hitler during that time in order to save and protect his family as ‘who would harm his wife and child?’ if he played for him?. He had believed that being a famous German citizen would hinder his family from the Nazi’s but yet he was mistaken and in the end he was betrayed and his family did get murdered causing him to basically give up and stay isolated from everyone.

Mathilde, a Jewish contralto and Wagner specialist in the past had died around the 1940s, and having been said, even listening to Wagner Tristan at the Brisbane Symphony Debacle causes Keller to react very strangely, causing people to even say ‘not again Keller’ and trying to settle him, showing that this was not the first time that this kind of incident had occurred. This displays how even listening to what reminds him too much of Mathilde would drive him to act in that manner....