Introduction

The Diary of One Who Disappeared is the title of a song cycle written by the Czech composer Leoš Janáček. One of the purposes of this site is to be a sort of diary where I can keep a record of some of the things that I have spent my time doing, as well as memories that I want to preserve. The tabs above also contain some essays that I have written on subjects that interest me.

Although I am English I have disappeared from my native land and now split my life between my house in the south west of France and an apartment in the north east of Italy. This gives me the opportunity to take advantage of a range of activities, including attending concerts and operas by favourite composers such as Janáček, Mahler, Stravinsky and others, I go to art exhibitions throughout Europe and love to travel and explore as much as I can.

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Mozart in Girona

Back in Girona for an all-Mozart concert at the Palau Auditorium with the Hungarian National Orchestra under János Kovács.  The ‘Requiem’ was particularly excellent.

Mozart: ‘Adagio and Fugue in c minor’; ‘Jupiter Symphony’; ‘Requiem’.

János Kovács

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Relaxing in Denia, Spain

Relaxing in the Spanish fishing port of Denia.

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‘Flemish and Dutch Art’ in Girona, Spain

In the picturesque Spanish city of Girona for the exhibition ‘Flemish and Dutch Art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’.

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Houses along the river Onyar

Girona cathedral

Girona Cathedral

Flemish and Dutch Painting exhibition, Girona

Pieter Bruegel the Younger 'Peasants Dancing around the Maypole' (c.1620)

Pieter Bruegel the Younger ‘Peasants Dancing around the Maypole’ (c.1620)

Jan van Ravesteyn 'Portrait of Pieter van Veen with his Son and Secretary' (c.1620)

Jan van Ravesteyn ‘Portrait of Pieter van Veen with his Son and Secretary’ (c.1620)

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Postcards from Penne d’Agenais

In the delightful medieval fortified town of Penne d’Agenais in the Lot-et-Garonne region of south-west France, with its very impressive basilica.

Penne d'Agenais

Notre-Dame de Peyragude, Penne d'Agenais

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Postcards from Toulouse

In the city of Toulouse, known as ‘La Ville Rose’ after the distinctive pink stone used to construct many of its buildings. Especially impressive are the central square, Place du Capitole, and the eleventh-century Basilique Saint-Sernin.

Toulouse, Place du Capitole

Toulouse, Basilique Saint-Sernin 2

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Cave paintings at Lascaux

At the World Heritage Site of Lascaux in the Dordogne Valley in France. An amazing complex of caves with over 600 wall paintings from around 18,000 years ago. Discovered in 1940, it was open to the public from 1948 until 1963 when contamination brought about its closure. Seventeen years were then spent constructing Lascaux II, an exact replica of the cave and its paintings. The paintings are primarily of large animals that were once native to the area.

Lascaux II - Hall of the Bulls

‘Hall of the Bulls’, Lascaux II

Lascaux II

‘Horses’, Lascaux II

Lascaux II Megaloceros

‘Megaloceros deer’, Lascaux II

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‘Quatuor Varèse’ in Salviac, Lot

An evening of Debussy and Mendelssohn played by the really excellent Quatuor Varèse at the Festival de Musique Romantique in Salviac in the Lot department of France.

Debussy String Quartet; Mendelssohn String Quartet no. 6.

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