Victor Giudice was throughout life an amateur musician. Amateur in the sense adopted by Antonin Artaud: he who produces because he loves or suffers (TN: From the Portuguese word for amateur “Amador”, or “ama” – loves, and “dor” – suffering). His passionate involvement with music dictated his artistic preferences, behavior and even his view of the world. Perfect forms, in his view, would necessarily have the rhythm, progression and emotion of a symphony, a sonata, etc.
His most remote memories were of concerts enjoyed as a child – or his enchantment with the soundtracks of films and televisions series, as evidenced in the autobiographical text he produced for a course on symphonic music. The nostalgic song Paese Mio in Luchino Visconti’s 1962 film Rocco and his Brothers would easily leave him in tears.
In his adolescence, he appeared on a television program that featured amateurs, hosted by Ary Barroso, winning top marks for his dubbing of Al Jolson's melodramatic rendering of the song My Mammy, or his performance on the piano of The Song of the Flea by Mussorgsky. The first time, Victor went on a dare. The second time, he went because Ary Barroso insisted he go. However, his need at an early age to help support his family prevented him from pursuing a career in music any further.
His prodigious memory stored entire opera and symphony scores, which he was even capable of conducting in impromptu concert soirées at his home. In addition, he had a baritone voice that was quite impressive.
Of an eminently synesthesic perception, Giudice saw images in music and music in images. Opera’s influences on cinema was just another one of his thematic fixations (see excerpt from an essay of this subject, published in the newspaper Folha de São Paulo). This characteristic would be reflected in his writing, which did not go unnoticed, for instance, by poet, writer and literary critic Gastão de Holanda, who saw in the short story A lei do silêncio (The Law of Silence), a paraphrase of Mikrokosmos, progressive pieces for piano by Béla Bartók.