The time has come for the main event. I think we are all looking forward to the new Second Stage. I am glad that Brian will start our traditions there in a memorable way.
This morning, there was an article about pleasure in my morning newspaper.
Here are two excerpts:
Composers have always known this simple, basic truth: pleasure is half anticipation and half blissful recollection, and hardly at all about the fulfilment of the promise. The great musical statements of ecstasy, such as Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde or Schubert’s first Suleika song, are literally all half crescendo and half languid recall.
Pleasure, for humans, is inevitably weighed down with anticipation, loss and memory
It’s relevant for us, I think.