A Danish prelude to the summer

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The summer shows its flags.  © Charles Thibo

More and more I start to appreciate very simple joys like a beautiful flower in our garden, a special pattern of the clouds in the sky, the play of light and shadows in the wood… Over the years, our sword flags have become a favourite object of contemplation of mine. Delicacy and fiery passion intertwined, the sweetness and the heat of the summer mirrored in a single plant. They are truly the queens of the garden at the moment of their blossoming.

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Remembrance of things past in a rose garden

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Romantic music – a thorny issue © Charles Thibo

A sense of drama is in the air, right from the first bars on. A Romantic composer? Bang on. Influenced by Wagner? Bang on again. Vienna based? Trapped! He never came close to that town. German then? No, but close. A Frenchman! No. No? No. This composer is from Denmark and his name is Rued Langgaard (1893-1952). During the first half of the 20th century he wrote 16 symphonies, six string quartets, four violin sonatas, several other orchestral works and an opera with the title “Antikrist” – and he is not exactly well-known.

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