After listening to what passes for a Presidential Debate yesterday, as well as the overwhelming quantity of fake news, it is necessary to cleanse the mind of this rubbish and try and focus on what is important in life.
In my opinion, two pieces of music among many that have the capacity to promote calm reflection are
‘Brahms Symphony number 3, 3rd movement. reasonable Youtube performance is here:
The second is the Adagietto from Mahlers 5th Symphony which always brings back memories of Venice to me and images of my father as an 89 year old on his last trip there before he died. I think he first went as a child in 1923. He adored that city and so do I.
The opening scene from Viscontis masterpiece “Death in Venice”, with Mahlers music, the steamer arriving at dawn across the lagoon. There is nothing to compare with arriving in Venice for the first time, by car, train or preferably by water. It is one of life’s ultimate beautiful assaults on all the senses.