Virtuosic writing for the court’s horn players

Sweet autumn. © Charles Thibo

A little melancholy is appropriate at this time of the year. The opening verse of that poem by Rainer Maria Rilke comes back to my mind: “Herr, es ist Zeit, der Sommer war sehr groß…” I quoted it at full length a year ago in a post on Johannes Brahms. Yes, the summer was impressive and it is time to say good-bye. And so I have picked a piece from the Baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679 – 1745): the Capriccio No. 1 in D major (ZW 182), recorded by the Camerata Bern.

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A good companion for a grey day in October

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Humble elegance. © Charles Thilo

Germany is a strange country. I think it is fair to say that, I have lived there for many years, in different parts. I have grown fond of Germany, but some things continue to baffle me. Many Germans seem to have auto-destruct genes that compel them to minimize their achievements and to feel ashamed about their virtues. This tendency even interfers with their language as certain expressions, positive in their original meaning, have taken a negative connotation or have even turned from praise to curse.

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About gratitude, strength and humbleness

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Thank you… © Charles Thibo

Thank you. Two words. So simple. So difficult. Another year is drawing to its end. Many things have happened. I worked less and spend more time with my family. I enjoyed a beautiful spring in our garden. I saw my daughter grow up and I have reasons to be very proud of her. I drew strength from a loving partnership and kept my mind busy through fascinating books and music. Thank you for all that. I feel very lucky.

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