I have introduced the composer Joseph Guy Ropartz already to you, so we can go straight to the matter. One of the reasons I like Ropartz is the fact that we are both infatuated with la Bretagne, Brittany. Ah, la Bretagne… a very special place. The wind, the dramatic coastline, the emerald colour of the sea, the crèpes – so many things to love about Brittany. And then there is the music, the Celtic heritage and Ropartz’ composition deeply imbued by this tradition.
Less than two weeks ago, few people on earth knew about Mount Ok. Mount Ok is a volcano located in Iceland, and scientists followed with fascination and horror the evolution of its glacier Okjoküll. Mount Ok and its glacier made it into the news because the glacier is gone by now. Okjoküll is a victim of man-made climate change, he melted and finally became what glaciologists call “dead ice”. Glaciers move through their sheer weight and when they have shrunk so far that they stop moving, they are no longer considered as glaciers. The disappearance of Okjoküll was commemorated by an official ceremony as a sign of what is to be expected in the Alps, in the Rocky Mountains and in the Antarctic. A warning, one more.