Monthly Archives: August 2008

Tooting Bec Lido


Despite the warnings of thunderstorms, made it to the Lido this morning for 8 a.m., determined to become a cold water swimmer, at least for a day. With a 90 metre pool on your doorstep, it’s mad not to take … Continue reading

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Tchaikovsky’s Großvater


Tchaikovsky’s Großvater: two sources The source of Tchaikovsky’s Großvater (the “grandfather dance” in the party scene in Act 1 of The Nutcracker, and the tune that Schumann quotes in Carnaval and Papillons)  is usually given as a song called “Als der Großvater die … Continue reading

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Tooting Chariot Festival 2008


Every year on the August Bank Holiday this wonderful procession leaves the temple at the end of our road. I finally got my act together and took my video camera. It won’t make it to Cannes, but it gives you … Continue reading

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Lopokova, Topics & Semiotics


While I was in Prague, I managed to catch up on a lot of reading. Two books by Raymond Monelle, The Sense of Music and The Musical Topic nearly overloaded my brain to the point of spontaneous combustion, but that’s … Continue reading

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