J.S. Bach, Cantata BWV 62, at Advent I

The text of Cantata 62 is anonymous, but, as in cantata 61, uses Luther’s hymn at the outset. This opening chorus is spell-binding and masterful: strong, expansive in measure (6/4), and impressive, with magnificently and affectively telling writing in the orchestra, especially the oboes, and the cantus firmus (Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland) emphasized by…

Beef Broth Soup with Suey Choy and Enoki Mushrooms

Ingredients 1L water 1 cube Knorr beef bouillon 2 small cubes (blokjes) Maggi bouillon tsp ground Korean red pepper 2 tsp dried vegetable flakes tsp sesame seeds 1 cup frozen chopped greens (kale, collard greens, spinach) 6 leaves small suey choy, in pieces 2 scallions, chopped 40g enoki mushrooms 2 frozen shrimp and pork wontons…

Proust: From The Guermantes Way – Chapter One

… our cruellest adversaries are not those who contradict and try to convince us, but those who magnify or invent reports which are liable to distress us, taking care not to give them any appearance of justification which might lessen our pain and perhaps give us some slight regard for an attitude which they make…

Too Young to Kiss – Robert Leonard (1951)

Leonard’s 1951 comedy Too Young to Kiss is perfectly silly, but I needed a break from serious European cinema and North American political musings on theology. The film is entirely American, with its obsession with wealth, influence, and fame. At that time, 1951, it was still possible to build a film that is pleasant in…

Joseph Haydn – Symphony 73 (1782)

Haydn’s mastery in combining musicality and structure is sublime in this symphony. The repeated notes of the slow introduction are transformed into a theme of repeated notes in the allegro; and, the repeated notes, when voiced in two or several of the instruments of the orchestra, in turn become the implied counterpoint to the melody. The…