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18 December 2010


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I'll be listening to this and the Vivaldi over breakfast shortly - an improvement on the Archers. Delighted that you will no longer have to make the journey through the frozen wastes of Somerset for treatment and that you'll be free to enjoy Christmas abandon!

I remember seeing that film when I was a child, although I had not remembered the music. It is a haunting story, which all the revisionism of recent years cannot diminish.

The opening bars of the RVW symphony surprised me by making me think of Rautavaara's 'Cantus Arcticus'. An interesting coincidence: music for each Pole.

Colleen: I do agree about The Archers!

Dancing Beastie: the Rautavaara piece was new to me but, yes, it is on YouTube (for our instant gratification!) part 1 here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auW10aD0kYo and part 2 here:
So atmospheric (especially part 2); thank you for mentioning it. Sounds very much the sort of music one might hear on R3's Late Junction, that wonderfully eclectic programme that never ceases to surprise or delight its listeners, as well as stretching our ideas about music.

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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