The real thing

Certain things are perfect the way they are. The sky, the Pacific Ocean, procreation and the Goldberg Variations all fit this bill, and so do books (~Joe Queenan). 

My own serendipitous find was in a used bookstore about 20 years ago. I found this pocket editions of a Handel oratorio -
evidently well-used by an alto given markings in pencil and orangey-brown pencil crayon. A few rusty pin marks must have been the result of the singer being unconcerned about following along when she wasn’t needed. Otherwise it’s in good condition.

I wasn’t looking for a copy of this oratorio – I just liked that I could buy this beautiful folio for $5. It was when I got home that I found a treasure inside – a program from a Grand Performance of this work in the Anstige Memorial Institute back in March, 1908 – in the parish of Madeley, Shropshire, England, part of what is now the town of Telford. As luck would have it, I played in the magnificent abbey in nearby Shrewsbury when I was there accompanying a choir a few years back.

The program is printed with blue and gold ink, noting that a special train would leave Madeley Market after the Concert, or that Carriages could arrive for 10:15. I totally love the image of the whole thing – seen of course from the warmth and comfort of my modern home where I’m watching a blizzard rage, sipping coffee and reading a book.

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About LaDona's Music Studio

Musician, pianist, teacher, blogger.
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2 Responses to The real thing

  1. Thank you LaDona. And thrilled to see you mix it up with your posts… :)

  2. Thanks Dave. Never know how far to stray – considering 90% of my followers are other piano teachers – I do try to keep Seth Godin’s comments in mind…

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