Pulcinella is an old childhood friend to whom I was introduced at a very young age – recently, we had again brief meeting through the auction house of Bonhams in London.
This gavotte is hypnotically beautiful, it cheered me up tremendously, and proves that seventeenth century composers were the rockstars of their time.
Hoorah! We finally have scientific support for pushing our personal flaws and problems back to our ancestors. It is not my fault, my grandfather was already born this way.
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
gunpowder treason and plot,
I know of no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.
A new year has begun! To all a happy New Year; with all the best in health, success and happiness possible. I hope everyone had either a calm and relaxed New … Continue reading
Today it was once again quite clear that I’m not well versed in the Bible. I admire and, at the same time, envy people who can quote the appropriate verses … Continue reading
A sturdy shiver went down my spine as I opened today’s e-mail from Bonhams. No, it was not the invoice for my last purchase there, but the announcement and catalogue … Continue reading
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I am currently staying in a village of a rather orthodox-protestant character, and, that is – putting it mildly. It is a small village of about five-thousand souls, with (at … Continue reading
This evening, at seven o’clock, a special broadcast was aired by all national (Dutch) television and radio stations; it was announced rather suddenly at the end of the afternoon. Expected … Continue reading
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— For this year’s Holiday and New Year wishes, I decided to dust off an old truth. It is a quote from an ancestor who wrote these words to end … Continue reading
It is early December, which means the happiest of times for Dutch children: Sinterklaas. This also means it is that one time of the year that even the Dutch adults, … Continue reading