Music was among the Norwegian author Alexander L. Kielland’s main interests. Kielland’s earliest literary text was dedicated to the first Wagner Festspiel in Bayreuth (1876), and there would be references and descriptions of music and musical performance in several of his later works. In these works Kielland, the realist, expresses views typical of musical -Romanticism. In the novelette ‘Siesta’ (1880), music and musical performance take on a significance that weaves the literary narrative together with a musical progression described in the text. Kielland’s novelette may thus be seen as an example of musicalization of fiction, hence as a text with intermedial implications. This article starts with a presentation of Alexander Kielland’s views on music, followed by a discussion of music’s topical and structural significance in the development of his novelette ‘Siesta’.

Keywords: Kielland, Alexander L, musicalization of fiction, intermediality, novellette