Tuesday, 1 December 2015

1719 Vivaldi and Robinson Crusoe

This decade started with and will end on another allegro from you know who!

The best thing that happened in 1719 was that Daniel Defoe wrote Robinson Crusoe, arguably the first ever novel and one of the very best. This is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. I absolutely love and highly recommend it. Not only is this an exciting read but the character is an inspiration for positive thinking, making the most of what he has, which can be applied to any human being in any situation.

A fitting end to a fantastic decade of creativity all round, the fruits of which by and large have endured for 300 years!

1718 Bach and Telemann

From this year there is just I Concerti Di Dresda, RV 569: I. Allegro from Telemann which is another sad piece but really lovely – and then a Bach flute sonata (in C major BWV 1033 II Allegro) which shows why Telemann will forever be in his compatriot’s shadow. Best to listen to the Telemann before the Bach and the difference in quality is quite clear – that said I still like the Telemann very much!