A majestic tower in the midst of turmoil

The gate of the Schirmerturm, one of the nine fortified towers in Lucerne. © Charles Thibo
The gate of the Schirmerturm, one of the nine fortified towers in Lucerne. © Charles Thibo

When I close my eyes, I can see the stone tower. The first of Cécile Marti’s “Seven Towers”. It is not very tall, but the double bass suggest it has a massive rectangular shape. Reassuring for those who find shelter in it, but a provocation for anyone else. A strident violin evokes an imminent danger, and sure enough invaders try their luck. Timpani thunder through the Berne casino, and yes, I see waves of soldiers clashing against the tower. But the building resists, it stands majestically, calm in the middle of the turmoil. Nevertheless the next wave of attackers rolls on: crescendo! It get’s really loud, and then: change of tempi, change of style!

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