Intrepid Optimist

Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age

Remembering Bela Bartók

It was way back when, after a madcap visit to Hungary, I became interested in all things Magyar.  Sadly the attraction, as fascinations do, faded. Being of calm Celtic, Anglo … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning to Love Stravinsky

I had a friend of Russian extraction who adored the music of Stravinsky. He was Stravinsky mad. One time he went so far as to organize a “Rights of Man” … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Liszt (ening):  A Cure for Lethargy

Liszt wrote fifteen Hungarian Rhapsodies, all of them originally for piano solo, but many of them have now been scored for orchestra. Of all these, the second is by far … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Inspiration from Peter Cornelius

It is strange how one thing leads to another. For the past few weeks – they seem like months – I have been fighting a losing battle with that dreaded … Continue reading

March 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Most Beautiful Love Duet

The Coronation of Poppea was first performed at the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice during the 1643 carnival season. The Coronation of Poppea is a story of inverse morality, in which virtue is punished and greed … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

Arnold Schönberg: Atonality and Polytonality for Beginners

  Although I enjoy listening to, reading about and sometimes even writing on, the peripheries of classical music, I confess to not understanding the works of some of the composers … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Cobbler of Nuremberg

Apart from classical music enthusiasts, a smattering of the admirable citizens of Nuremberg, elder Germans or the general public outside of that country, I wonder how many have heard of … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

HONEGGER’S “RUGBY”

There must be hundreds, if not thousands of rugby songs – the majority obscene – which are sung après “le crunch” but, until recently, I did not realize that rugby … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Slow Train to Frankfurt

If you should ever have to travel by train from Cologne to Frankfurt, there are two choices. There is the super fast ICE train which stops at Bonn-Siegburg and can … Continue reading

February 14, 2018 · 1 Comment
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