In Nice, in 1930, Igor Stravinsky completed his ‘Symphony of Psalms’, written for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Though the occasion was a festive one, it is, for the most part, an austere and painful piece, with another dimension finally appearing in the widely spaced C major chords of the last movement. Continue reading “Stravinsky in Nice”
Brussels Zaventem Airport
Brussels Zaventem Airport. As my taxi pulls into the passenger drop-off area a couple of heavily armed policemen peer inside for a moment and give me and my lovely African driver the green light. A mass of passengers walks towards the temporary departure hall through a closed-off, otherwise deserted area of the car park building. Continue reading “Brussels Zaventem Airport”
Are you a girl or a boy?
‘Are you a girl or a boy?’ Whenever someone asked me this question before I was a teenager, my usual—sincere—answer was always ‘both equally’. Continue reading “Are you a girl or a boy?”