Rosamond Lehmann's A Note in Music suffered greatly, as second novels so often do, from the succès fou of her Dusty Answer (1927). It remains the least-known of her novels, and the least appreciated. The plot revolves around a sextet of characters, two unhappily married couples, generally referred to as “middle-aged” although only in their thirties, and two younger visitors to their northern town, a sophisticated brother and sister. No dramatic events unfold, but by the end of the novel when the visitors leave, a glimmer of hope is perceptible within both marriages.
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Pollard, Wendy. "A Note in Music". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 May 2003
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