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Reading Always Reading

I have always been reading. As long as I can remember. So I suppose at least from the moment, that I learned the alphabet. I got many books in my youth, took them from my brothers bookshelves, and from the, … Continue reading

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Opera in Daily Life: Don Juan in Hankey, PA

Don Juan in Hankey is a novel about an opera company, which is preparing a new production of Don Giovanni, about the acts and the thoughts of all the people involved. It is a wonderful story. The plot you must … Continue reading

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Reading in Silence

Series: Favorite Paintings Catena Saint Jerome in his Study from the National Gallery Standing alone before St Jerome. Wandering through the National Gallery in London, I am always looking for my favorite paintings. One of them is St Jerome in … Continue reading

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Le Temps a Laissié Son Manteau

Limbourg Brothers Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry In spring the beautiful rondeau of Charles d’Orléans sings in my head. Le temps a laissié son manteau De vent, de froidure en de pluye, Et s’est vestu de brouderie, De soleil … Continue reading

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Fülle des Wohllauts

No chapter from a novel describes the delight of the opera lover as beautifully as the above section from Der Zauberberg. Nobody has written about opera as beautifully as Thomas Mann: ‘Ein international Chor gefeierter Sänger und Sängerinnen setzte, begleitet von diskret zurücktretendem Orchester, die hochgeschulte Gottesgabe seiner Stimmen ein zur Ausführung von Arien, Duetten, ganzen Ensembleszenen aus den verschiedenen Gegenden und Epochen des musikalischen Theaters:der … Continue reading

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What are Great Moments ?

Berthe Morisot When I am listening to music, looking at a painting or a sculpture or reading a book, I know instantaneously that something is happening to me, a kind of flash. Sometimes a memory of an event in the … Continue reading

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Meeting Jan Six and Rembrandt

Last week, after a troublesome journey, I arrived at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. After some queuing up in the rain I was going at once to Jan Six. There he was, with his beautiful red coat. I liked him at … Continue reading

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