The Music Featured in the Novel
This page is designed for those readers who may not be familiar with the music mentioned in the novel. The novel is more fully appreciated if one can listen to the music while reading.
The first mention of music occurs when Pretore Billner "in command of many vessels of the Theck Security Force," is touring the Belarian starship and attends a holographic performance by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra playing three famous Earth pieces: the Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppé, the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Antonio Rossini, and Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin.
During the beginning of the Poet and Peasant Overture, Pretore Billner's lower lip started to quiver and a tear began to slowly run down his cheek. Then when the up-tempo second movement began, he was startled and sat straight up in his seat and his mouth dropped open. Suddenly, he jumped up and started to conduct the orchestra, waving his arms in unison to Leonard Bernstein, not the least bit concerned that he was making a spectacle of himself. When you reach this point in the novel, stop and listen to these songs before proceeding.
The finally musical performance takes place when 200 Theckian guests are hosted on the starship at the Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House, The evening's festivities began with a long dinner of culinary selections from Theck, Earth, and Belarius, the mood supplied by a string quartet.
Then the reason for the visit began. The Michael Maxwell Orchestra began with a unique and rousing rendition of When The Saints Go Marching In, while five professional dance couples performed their well choreographed routine.
Pretore Billner, who had strategically positioned himself beside the dance floor for the evening, could not sit still. He was bobbing his head, drumming the table, and thoroughly lost in the music.
Then the next piece began. It was the Glenn Miller classic,
In The Mood, and the Pretore could not stand it any longer. About ten bars into the song, he jumped up, raised his fists high in the air, and let out a "Woo" that made everyone turn to look. He threw off his formal jacket, ran onto the dance floor, and started to out-dance the professionals. Obviously a savant of dance styles, he needed to watch only a few steps of a dance and would then take off with his own exceptional version. He did solo versions of the boogie-woogie, Charleston, jitterbug, Lindey hop, moonwalk, swing, and even threw in a few John Travolta disco moves! The professionals cleared the floor while Pretore Billner did his thing to In The Mood and
Sing, Sing, Sing.