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Sonnet No. 116

Posted in Poetry with tags , , on March 11, 2012 by telescoper

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Sonnet No. 116, by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

P.S. This is one of over a hundred love sonnets written by Shakespeare to a young man to whom he was deeply devoted. If you think we shouldn’t admit impediments to people in similar relationships nowadays then perhaps you would consider signing the petition organized by the coalition for equal marriage

Helle Nacht – Per Nørgård

Posted in Music with tags , , on March 11, 2012 by telescoper

And now for something completely different. I was listening to CD Review on Radio 3 yesterday morning and in the course of a fascinating section about new modern classical works, I heard some wonderful music by a Danish composer called Per Nørgård, whose name (pronounced in Danish something like nur-gaw) was quite new to me until then.  I’ve spent most of this morning downloading various collections of his music and am now in danger of becoming a Nørgård bore.

Much of  Nørgård’s  music is based on ideas inspired by fractal geometry and exploits the so-called infinity series, representing a kind of extension of the serial techniques pioneered by such composers as Arnold Schoenberg.  One of the great things about Nørgård, however,  is that you really don’t need to know about that, or indeed that the following piece was inspired by the Aurora Borealis, in order to enjoy it. This is Nørgård’s Violin Concerto No. 1 Helle Nacht.