What is a youth

Yesterday I saw, after a long time, a film that, as girls, my sisters loved: Zeffirelli’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Older people remember that it was a hit for the adolescents of other times. Nowadays it would be unthinkable that a film of this kind would interest the directors or the degenerated youth who…

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Working…

Further to my previous post. Today that my memories about the premiere of the vocal-symphonic opus [1] are still fresh, I’ll be working for the relevant section of my book ¿Me Ayudarás? If I finish tonight, tomorrow I will be able to resume the Kriminalgeschichte series.   ________________ [1] La Santa Furia is a hybrid…

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September 2016 interview

This original canvas signed by Antonio Zucchi (1726-1795) is a landscape in Flemish style, now very near from the desk where I work for this blog. My friend Jake F. interviewed me last year. These are his words: “The below text is of a scripted interview I was to conduct with C.T. of The West’s…

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“El Orador”

Before I was born my mother used to practice El Orador (YouTube audio here): a piece for piano composed by my father. Throughout her pregnancy I happened to be a couple of inches from the piano’s keys, in embryonic state! My mother once told me that while practicing that piece I moved vigorously in her…

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C. T. (1925-2015)

C.T. Sr., my father, died tonight at ninety.   My father in Madrid, Spain with Father Martínez, a teacher of the Madrid Royal Conservatory, a music college (ca. 1949-1950).   My father with Queen Elizabeth (1975). This is a low-quality photo because it has been scanned from a newspaper.   Hazme llorar (literally, “Make me…

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Music

  “Music, I feel, must be emotional first and intellectual second.” —Maurice Ravel

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Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 65

  Night of 13th-14th January 1942 The composer Bruckner—Brahms at his height—Wagner and Goring—Great architects—Talent must be encouraged.   After a hearing of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony: This work is based on popular airs of upper Austria. They’re not textually reproduced, but repeatedly I recognise in passing Tyrolean dances of my youth. It’s wonderful what he…

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Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 74

  Night of 25th-26th January 1942 Beauty and the ancient Greeks —Human genius and politics.     If we consider the ancient Greeks (who were Germanics), we find in them a beauty much superior to the beauty such as is widespread to-day—and I mean also beauty in the realm of thought as much as in…

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Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 89

  Night of 20th-2ist February 1942 The spirit in peril—The observatory at Linz— The fight against falsehood, superstition and intolerance.   Christianity is the worst of the regressions that mankind can ever have undergone, and it’s the Jew who, thanks to this diabolic invention, has thrown him back fifteen centuries. The only thing that would…

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Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 98

  Night of 28th February-1st March 1942 The Bayreuth Festival 1925—Bayreuth and National Socialism—Rôle of Frau Wagner—Siegfried Wagner. In 1925, the Bechsteins had invited me to stay with them in Bayreuth. They lived in a villa in the Liszt Strasse (I think this was the name of the street), within a few yards of Wahnfried.…

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