Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thinking of Puccini

When I first saw this magnificent photograph by Stasja Voluti last year online, and before I was aware of the name she had given it, my immediate response was, Beethoven. But Puccini, I think, is more accurate, as these birds, so gracefully assembled, look like they might well be listening to Che gelida manina from La bohème. Besides, Beethoven’s notation was nowhere near this elegant.

Thinking of Puccini

Titled, Signed, and Numbered C-Print
by Stasja Voluti

(Print 3 of 4)

Stasja’s Blog

Such a lovely gift. Thank you, Stasja, for this tangible evidence of your vision, and of the heart that guides it. It is an honor to be counted among your friends.


Stasja Voluti said...

Oh no, thank you so much, William. I'm happy to see that the photo found such a good home. The honor is mine.

William Michaelian said...

A book, a song, a cup, a photograph — I love how such things enliven the spirit and change a room. In living with them, who can stay the same? Who would want to?

Thinking of Puccini has that special magic, Stasja. It’s a bridge between the shadow and the dream.

vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras) said...

Nice composition--especially in the way the blue-greys tie your picture of Stasja's photo, your typewriter and cup together but might you tell a son of the curious and wily Odysseus just what that little red book is?

William Michaelian said...

That, my seafaring friend, is a copy of Comfort Found in Good Old Books, written by George Hamlin Fitch and published in 1911. The little essays therein first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. The book is a gift from Paul L. Martin.

-K- said...

Yes, I agree, it's a wonderful photo, espcially when it's enlarged.

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

totally agree with the other among, the photo it's such for romantic and intense

oh William this must be telepathie... I watched exately yesterday in TV a lovely and beautifull italian film about the life of Caruso, and naturally there was Puccini too, than really I love Puccini at all

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Kevin. To me, Stasja’s photo is poetry and purpose combined, an instance of good fortune made to last.

Laura, I like to think that music is the primal, guiding force behind all things. The universe is a piece of music. We are of it, and move in step to its rhythm and sound.

Jonathan Chant said...

Puccini it is. Grand.

William Michaelian said...

That it is. Many thanks, Jonathan.