pure joy

After reading Horatio Clare’s writing up of his walk to lubeck for Radio3 in 2017, I’ve picked up John Eliot Gardiner’s biography of Bach again. Each chapter could be a journal article in its own right and his examination of the two cantata cycles that Bach wrote for Leipzig are so engaging I’ve had to keep listening along to YouTube as I read. This is one of my favourites that I’ve discovered in recent weeks.

Under an equal sky

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“Under an equal sky” by Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg, in Canterbury Cathedral. A good reminder that I want to see more of Kent this year. Photo by the excellent @georgianlondon, who seems to love the Spitalfields area as much as I do.

Centro storico

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The historic centre of Naples is a series of narrow lanes,

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converted churches with toy tableaux, different levels as streets and squares intersect and then part,

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cafes and Renaissance carvings, staircases and graffiti,

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lemons in crates, crazy doorfronts, marble gateways to a castle by the sea,

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and a 19th century arcade with constellations on the ceiling.

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Decemeber 2018.