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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Albert Anker - Girl with Calico Kittens, Hector Berlioz - The Tempest Overture, Robert Browning -

I have a calico cat named Madeline.  This week's painting by Albert Anker reminds me of her.

Our music by Hector Berlioz this week is the first half of The Tempest Overture.  It is another overture based on a work of Shakespeare.  The note on the bottom of this youtube video is a helpful introduction to this piece. 

This week's poem is a bit sad - makes me think of Robert Browning wandering the house missing Elizabeth after she was gone.  

Here is a link to all of Librivox's offerings on or by Robert Browning.  I'd like to recommend the Day With Great Composers - Robert Browning is the last chapter. 

    Love in a life

Room after room,
I hunt the house through
We inhabit together.
Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her,
Next time, herself!—not the trouble behind her
Left in the curtain, the couch's perfume!
As she brushed it, the cornice-wreath blossomed anew,— 
Yon looking-glass gleamed at the wave of her feather.

Yet the day wears,
And door succeeds door;
I try the fresh fortune— 
Range the wide house from the wing to the centre.
Still the same chance! she goes out as I enter.
Spend my whole day in the quest,—who cares?
But 'tis twilight, you see,—with such suites to explore,
Such closets to search, such alcoves to importune!

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