Monthly Archives: April 2013

Verdi200 – Rigoletto – Verdi’s opera, and Liszt’s Rigoletto Paraphrase

It is said that one picture is worth ten thousand words; in the picture above, the body language says it all, really. On one side of a wall in a well-lit room is an amorous couple: he, richly and flamboyantly … Continue reading

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Britten100 – a First Class Stamp for a First Class Composer

A new set of stamps issued today by the Royal Mail includes one honouring Benjamin Britten, whose centenary is being celebrated this year. How very appropriate for the composer who set W.H. Auden’s poem ‘Night Mail’ to music, for use … Continue reading

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The Postcards, the Painting, and the Bolognese Sauce.

It all started with the Postcards; six or seven of them, dated from 1st to the 19th October, 1945, showing black and white views of Bologna, similar to these ones found on Wikipedia. The ink of the handwriting on the … Continue reading

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