This is not the first time obviously, nor will it be the last so let me remind you that epidemics have always been a potent inspiration for interesting and sometimes great, art. Let's start with my least favourite in this moment. Daniel Defoe's "Journal of the Plague Year" published in 1772 but purporting to be… Continue reading Other Plagues
I have a bit of a problem. My worms. I buy them regularly at the garden exhibitions I go to and they reward me with a wonderful soft friable soil. I must admit that the first time I bought FIVE EUROS of worms and the man said: "Remember to feed them" I was shocked. "I've… Continue reading Conundrum
It was an interesting Friday for music. I was very excited about the first piece of the evening because it was the first time I had ever heard a concert for percussion. When we entered the auditorium the stage was ready with some instruments I can't name but they looked like xylophones or probably marimbas… Continue reading Percussion
la Scala, for Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" . I'm not really used to the style of French opera ( here exemplified as Drame lyrique which avoids blatantly theatrical or grandiose effects) but I can't resist a good love story and apparently nor can a lot of other people.Shakespeare was the major leaguer in this tragic… Continue reading Love
I don't know what was wrong with me but I was vaguely bored last night, my own ignorant fault of course. Or maybe I was simply waiting for what I really wanted to hear. "Thus spake Zarathustra!" Of course it's one of those popular pieces that everybody knows but not everybody knows whose it is.… Continue reading Auditorium ? Wow!
https://englishthatgrows.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/beethoven-9-chicago-symphony-orchestra-riccardo-muti-mp3cut.net_.mp3 I really don't mean to grumble all the time but needs must! This year my season ticket to the auditorium gave me the possibility to hear Beethoven's ninth on New Year's Eve. Lovely, until...I caught a glimpse out of the speeding train of the magic stop Duomo but we sped by! Where was the… Continue reading Obstacle race to Beethoven
cof There was the possibility to listen to some music this afternoon in Brugherio. I think it's really interesting when they offer free music, even though I'm not sure who "they" are. It was an organ recital held in San Bartholomew's a church standing on a site used for worship since the 13th century but… Continue reading Special Sunday.
dav Tuesday: Bach's magnificent, monumental Christmas Oratorio, one of the recurring joys of the musical year. This one was particularly special because it was performed by the Amsterdam Baroque orchestra and choir directed by none other than Ton Koopman. A quick walk through Brera to the Basilica di San Marco, long queues in the pouring… Continue reading Bach Bliss
Now you're probably asking: funny/ strange or funny /haha .Well maybe a bit of both. I decided to have a totally me- day after a very hard week's work. So hairdresser in the morning, rain, and the yearly Christmas visit to Agribrianza for their mega seasonal spectacular! I don't know how those poor people stand… Continue reading Funny Day