Music, My Diary

Music and traffic

This Friday the traffic was  so bad I didn’t even manage to get to the auditorium in time. I only just arrived in time for the second half, after the interval. I believe there had been an accident on one of the roads leading into Milan. The problem is, that once you are on the road, you can’t get off!

I’m glad I went though because there was a fascinating performance of music by Gyorgy Kurtag, based on “What is the word” by Becket. The musicians were placed all around the theatre so the sound (and the silence) came from all sides. A very interesting experience. I notice that the public very often  gives “new” music a lukewarm reception. It does seem strange that we, men and women of the 21st century feel more affinity with the long dead rather than the still living.

Music

Great music

Great music again last Friday at LaVerdi, this time Verdi’s Requiem. They perform it every year around Remembrance day and it’s fascinating  to compare how you remember last year’s version with the one you are hearing now .You compare the interpretation of the conductor, the choir’s performance, whether you thought last year’s soloists were better or not. At first I couldn’t remember anything but now after hearing it so many times I  feel as if even I, not really musically literate, can make simple comparisons.

I love  the fact that it is sung in Latin too : such  a compact language and to my untrained ear, so musical.