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🌍 Scattered...散り散り


2024年7月6日



Quick! Get out of the house before the game ends. Because when it does, the streets of Langen will be filled with the sounds of horns blaring and the shouting of fans.

I escape into the woods, which are only lit by an orange glow on the horizon. 10 pm in July.

Switching off my bicycle lights I cycle quietly along 🚵. A sudden barking makes me stop and freeze. A very strong barking. How could that be a dog? anyway, were are the owners? Do deer bark? Apparently they do.

A while later I heard a crackling in the undergrowth and a dark shape disappearing into the bushes. 🐗.......Wildschwein.


A telecommunications site offers a clearing in the forest.......

夕方、森の中を自転車で走ります。鹿の鳴き声が聞こえ、野生の豚が見えます。



So now I am back to civilization, at least to the streets of Langen. But it is very quiet. Too quiet. I check the Euro football news. There lies the explanation..........Spain: 2 Germany: 1

町はなぜこんなに静かなのか?ユーロ2024サッカー…ドイツはスペインとの試合に負けた。ああ、大変.........⚽

 

Continuing on the theme from last week of "my hiking colleagues have scattered to the four corners of the world....".....we now turn East. But not that far East. As the crow flies, Svitiaz, Ukraine, is nearer Frankfurt that Dunfanaghy in Donegal.

In this charming little rural outpost, only about 30 mins drive to the Belorussian border in one direction, and in the other, Poland, a welcoming garden gate opens for you.......


ウクライナの友人の庭

Photo: Svitlana


leading the way to a platter of delicious home made sweetbread and jam.....

自家製ジャム



Photo: Svitlana


Sounds like I've been there, doesn't it? Well I'm afraid not. With the air space closed, and long journeys through Poland with possible delays at the border, you would need to be travelling for some other reason than for a holiday.

When is this horrid war going to end?

Despite the invitation (".....We would be very happy to welcome you at our summer house once it is peaceful in Ukraine again....."), I have to do with tempting photos, like these marvellous views of Lake Svitiaz.........

ポーランドとベラルーシの国境近くにあるスヴィティアズ湖



Photo: Svitlana



Photo: Svitlana



Photo: Svitlana


Italy is a little nearer to Frankfurt, and a certain musician of my aquaintance is running a choir course deep in the Urbino hills......

友人がイタリアのトスカーナの丘陵地帯で合唱コースを運営しています



Photo: Nik


...practising in an old monastery, and no doubt enjoying the local red.........







photos: Nik



 



It's never really sunk in. But every time I go to down to the Karlsruhe Musikhochschule, I am only a short drive away from France 🥐. Half an hour in the car, maybe, to the nearest Rhine crossing. And the students in Karlruhe are happy that their €49 Deutschland rail ticket can be used to travel to Paris. So perhaps it was no coincidence that I found myself in an all-French song recital last week. "Lieder von Gabriel Fauré und seinen Schüler:Innen" Oh how awkward is German! "Songs from Gabriel Fauré and his students 🚹: students 🚺.

Venue? The pleasant ambiente of Schloss Gottesau. Gleaming Steinway at the ready.......

ガブリエル・フォーレとその弟子たちの歌。カールスルーエ音楽大学




Gabriel Fauré died in 1924, so this year we are hearing a lot of his music. And as a result, a lot of French poetry as well. I was swept away on a tide of Victor Hugo, Théophile Gautier, Paul Verlaine and Claude Mauclair, to name just a few...........


"Mes vers fuiraient, doux et freles, vers votre jardin so beau......." or

"Existence sublime! bercés par notre nid, nous vivons dans l'abime....."

or - "J'ai un couteau dans l'coeur - Une belle, une belle l'a plante -....."


Set to music by the likes of George Enescu, Maurice Ravel, Reynaldo Hahn and Nadia Boulanger...... and of course their teacher - Gabriel Fauré. Delicious.



The programme.......printed on nice creamy paper ....

プログラム




Outside the kind sunset of a hot June day lent Schloss Gottesau a radiant glow............

ゴッテザウ城





"J'ai frappé" (1922) by Nadia Boulanger........

ジョシュアはナディア・ブーランジェの歌を歌う





Teacher Heike-Dorothee Allardt had brought together students from many different song and piano classes.......that's all the pianists on the left, and all the singers on the right......

ピアニストは左、歌手は全員右






 


Meanwhile back at home the bees are a-bumbling in the lavender...........

ランゲンの自宅






 



🐝..... Thank you for reading "...Scattered....."

  "....散り散り.... " を読んでくれてありがとう



🐝....  Feel free to share the blog with friends.

  よろしければ、リンクを友達と共有してください




  🐝..... And and I enjoy hearing from you...!

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It has rained a lot recently........but see you next week nonetheless....

さいきん、よく 雨がふります........また来週.........






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