Well the fall season has started here in Ottawa – both weather-wise and culturally. The trees along the Canal are turning red and gold, there is a decided chill in the air, and the concert and theatre season is well underway.
In honour of Alexander Shelley, our new maestro at the National Arts Centre, I thought this little cartoon by Halas & Batchelor would be fitting for a bit of lunacy as the season begins.
H & B (if I may so bold as to call them that) used many of Gerald Hoffnung’s witty and wise drawings for their cartoons and I have featured at least one of them here before.
But I shouldn’t really single out the Maestro – given a few things that occurred during the first concert of the Festival that began this week perhaps the audiences here in Ottawa should know the score!
On this day in 1216: John, King of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge.
As the theme the next few days will be the performances at the Pfingstfestspeile here’s a few musical jokes to start the week.
June 16 -1961: Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union.
I know I’m a little late but I’ve just been so caught up in the Italian elections, the Pope doing his peek-a-boo thing, Canadian Senate scandals and another “Storm of the Century” that my music listening has been greatly curtailed.
However I will now make up for it by listening to – and hopefully you will join me in this – a potpourri of music in this witty Spanish (yes I know Spanish???? but music is an international language) cartoon retrospective of The History of Western Music. (And no Jackiesue I’m sorry that doesn’t mean Willie Nelson!)
Though Paolo Morales de Los Rios should more rightly have called it Historia de la Música Occidental, it really is a great piece of animatin.
Many thanks to John, my good buddy from Roman Days – honestly I saw more of him in Rome than I do here in Ottawa. Definitely my bad!
01 March – 1457: The Unitas Fratrum is established in the village of Kunvald, on the Bohemian-Moravian borderland. It is to date the second oldest Protestant denomination.
To celebrate the close of the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee here’s a little something in G Major by the Mini Horn section!
Many thanks to my old friend Charlie who sent me this.
13 August – 1521: Tenochtitlán (present day Mexico City) falls to conquistador Hernán Cortés.