Musical Splendor at Charles’ Imperial Court

Charles V, painted by Titian

Did you ever read Cervantes’ medieval tales of Don Quixote? You should. First, it’s good fun. Second, it’s good fun. Third, Cervantes’ language is wonderful: poetic, evocative, ironic. I was lucky to read a very good French translation and I really, really enjoyed the reading as such. Pictures popped up before my eyes, I lived through the ups and downs of the unfortunate medieval knight and his faithful bickering servant. Oh futile attempts to control our destiny! “Don Quixote” is a parody on Spain’s nobility and the high society’s craving for heroic tales, nevertheless Spain had its hours of glory and splendour in the Middle Ages. Jordi Savall’s performance of music from the reign of Charles V gave me a taste of what one could hear at the Spanish imperial court in the 15th and 16th century.

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Western wind, when will thou blow?

Waiting. © Charles Thibo

Autumn has arrived. I am happy. Such a wonderful time of the year. Nature offers a spectacular show of colors. Heavy rain makes me feel comfortable, now that I sit in our kitchen, sipping a cup of tea and listening to John Taverner’s Mass “Western Wind”.

Western wind, when will thou blow:
The small rain down can rain;
Christ, if my love were in my arms
And I in my bed again!

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