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

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 · 3 Comments

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

Just Another Morning.

“It’s two months now and you still haven’t decided on a job.” Her words ring in  my ears. I restrain myself,  knowing an ironic reply could spark off the first … Continue reading

January 25, 2018 · 4 Comments

A Perfect Sunday Evening

The thoughts that come to me or other men when dining alone are, I suppose much stranger than men themselves. I have invented more than one peculiar platter when I felt … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · 5 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

Wheels within Wheels

Written for Friday Fast Fiction. 100 word, photo prompt. Photo by Ted Strutz.   If  Steven had premonitions of the future, as did the crafty former owner, who later boasted … Continue reading

December 27, 2017 · 30 Comments
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