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

Category Archives: Music

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

Captivated by Two Mesmerizing Waltzes

Regardless of the times I have heard them, in my eclectic taste of music, I continue to be enthralled by two distinctive classical waltzes, both composed by early 20th-century French … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

YouTube’s Answer to Monday Blues

Whatever Monday blues feeling I may have been anticipating has just been banished by listening to the sublime melody of Erik Satie’s composition, Gymnopédie No.1, with grateful thanks to YouTube. … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sir Thomas, The Great Smog and I.

Sir Thomas Beecham was considered to have been a major influence on British musical life and I never thought differently until I recently read John Lucas’s book, Thomas Beecham: An … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · 4 Comments

Handel’s Water Music – Fake News

It was believed for so many years that the so-called “Water Music” by Handel was composed for the purpose of appeasing the wrath of George 1, King of England, which … Continue reading

September 26, 2017 · 3 Comments
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