Saturday, 4 August 2012

Beethoven in Tolentino

We drove, first along the narrow gravelly white roads between high banks grassy and brambly, and then on a dual-carriageway, into the small city of Tolentino. To admire its ancientness.  A basilica with superb murals, some of which I managed to photograph. In the distance we heard piano playing, realized it was the couple rehearsing for the evening's concert, four hands on the grand... The musicians were installed in the cloisters. Perfect setting, though possible Monteverdi more appropriate than Beethoven. But we sat and listened, shaded from the too-bright sun.

Then one last look at the murals before the drive home.

I love this group of medieval women, each face different from the next. And they are listening to a sermon...?

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