A photo (or three) a day for 2012.

A few hours in Chichester…and homage to Philip Larkin…

Shop in East Street, Chichester…

Inside Chichester Cathedral…where I chanced upon a free lunchtime concert, a pianist, James Brawn, playing Beethoven Sonata No. 21 and a ‘Chaconne in D minor’ (whatever that is) by J.S.Bach…

An Arundel Tomb…’What will survive of us is love’…

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6 thoughts on “A few hours in Chichester…and homage to Philip Larkin…

  1. secret squirrel on said:

    You certainly get around 🙂

    I love that little shop front and the cathedral is beautiful of course, and the tombs …. hmmmm…I am not sure how I feel about tombs ~ as ornate as they are 🙂

    Lucky you, getting a free concert thrown in!!

  2. You’re certainly not alone in your reaction to photographs of tombs (and I promise you won’t see too many more in this photo-blog!), but I do have a special affection for some of Larkin’s poetry, and there’s something curiously and untypically romantic about his final line of ‘An Arundel Tomb’, as quoted below the photo here. He said that he found the fact that the Earl and Countess were holding hands ‘extremely affecting’, although apparently he subsequently learnt that this was a sentimentalist Victorian alteration to the original tomb! As for getting around, it’s just that I’m on leave at the moment, not returning to work till after the long Bank Holiday, so I thought I’d make the most of the fine weather :). By the way, even if I haven’t got a clue what a ‘chaccone’ is (even after hearing one today), I suspect that your very musical daughter might know :).

    • secret squirrel on said:

      Who needs musical daughters when I have Wiki 😉
      Chaccone in D minor……is an organ chaconne by Johann Pachelbel. It is one of the six surviving chaconnes by the composer, and one of his best known organ works………………….
      is that the one do you think? 🙂

      Please don’t worry about photographs of tombs on my account 🙂
      I am just not good with anything to do with cemetries, or the like. It stems back to frequent visits to a cemetry when I was a young girl.

      Enjoy the rest of your holiday. 🙂

  3. Haha, it’s all a bit technical for me; I’m more at home with Blues music and Boogie-woogie ;). The sheet I was handed when I entered the Cathedral, at ten past one today (incidentally, great, coincidental, timing; the concert was from 1.10 pm to 2.00 pm!) reads… ‘Chaconne in D minor from Partita No. 2 for Violin, BMV 1004’ by J.S. Bach 1685-1750, arr. Ferruccio Busoni 1866-1924! So, make of that what you will ;). Actually, I preferred the Beethoven Sonata he played first, but, whatever, it was a surprisingly well-attended concert, with maybe 200 people there…Anyway, I hope you and yours have a lovely extended Bank Holiday, and let’s hope the weather stays fine for us all :).

  4. From Wikipedia: A chaconne (French pronunciation: [ʃaˈkɔn]); Italian: ciaccona (Italian pronunciation: [tʃakˈkɔna]) is a type of musical composition popular in the baroque era when it was much used as a vehicle for variation on a repeated short harmonic progression, often involving a fairly short repetitive bass-line (ground bass) which offered a compositional outline for variation, decoration, figuration and melodic invention.

    So there we go. And I’m still none the wiser lol.

  5. Quite! I haven’t a clue what the latter part of that description is on about either ;). I’ll just have to accept that I’m a musical illiterate.. :).

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