22. Unexpected cultural exchange on the Rialto-Bridge in Venice on the 20th of Marc
The Rialto bridge was opened on 20th March 1591, created by Antonio da Ponte (1512–1597) who was a Venetian architect and engineer, most famous for his rebuilding of the Rialto Bridge in Venice. painting: Canaletto
And after they saw that all the old masters, who appears on the clouds around the Peony Gondola, listened their music playing of the image of WATER, they slowly disappeared for letting them to be a little bit alone, to exchange their thoughts.
Palmina smiled and both sat now on the soft seats of the Golden Peony Gondola.
In this 23rd hour of the day she felt a little bit tired and she wanted to put her head on Palmas side to hear his heart beating. (The same he wanted also…and also he wanted to hear her heart, but he was the gentleman…)
Palma put his arm around her shoulder and put his head to her side tenderly.
This Peony Gondola is really a present by the Heaven…
Palma and Palmina had now the same thoughts:
They smiled and remembered in their heart the 20th of March in Venice.
It was a magic day full of golden-light miracles:
Palmina wanted to write in her little room a little letter for Palma:
I write you today on the 20th of March to tell you that I love your artworks, your paintings and compositions for my Lutes, so much and I am looking forward to get new one from you and I look forward to work with you at your and your mother’s artwork projects very much.
But I am not sure if this letter will be destroyed and can reach you…
I write also a copy of this letter which I hide secretly from others, to see later which letters had been destroyed or did not reach you.
With much love,
Your, deeply loving Palmina-Albina
20th of Marc 15.., Venice “
Than Palmina remembered that she exercised on this day, the next hours on her Lute.
Later she had to bring a basket of fresh breads on the other side of the Rialto Bridge, like she does every day…
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Palma il Giovane was on that special day very lucky:
He felt that Palmina, his „Albina“, wrote him a short letter.
He started to play the short melody on his Viola music instrument to answer her thoughts with music.
A little bird listened that and took his flight to the Rialto bridge where Palmina had to sell the special fine fresh breads at the traditional little market of Venice, in front the ‚Chiesa di San Giacomo di Rialto‘ along the ‚Ruga dei Oreso‘.
The bird landed on the little market, which is on the east-feet of the Rialto bridge, and tweeted so sweet to Albina.
Palmina understood this secret bird’s greeting and she smiled, and thought on Palma. She looked at her basked where her Lute was; inside was the copy of her letter and the music score of Palma.
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Palma suddenly smiled as he felt her smile.
So he took his paintings requisites, brush and easel, and started to go to the Rialto bridge.
Today it was the 20th of march, that day the famous Rialto-Bridge*) was the first time opened in the 15th century in Venice. Often the Republic of Venice, the R.O.V. made on the 20th of March a special event to celebrate this day.
The Rialto Bridge is a big symbol of connection between the EAST-PART and the WEST-PART of Venice.
*) The Rialto bridge was opened 20.March 1591, created by Antonio da Ponte (1512–1597) who was a Venetian architect and engineer, most famous for his rebuilding of the Rialto Bridge in Venice.
Maybe the arc on the top of the bridge was a dedication for Titian’s famous painting „Pieta“, which had been completed by his scholar Palma il Giovane in the year 1576 as Titian died.
The famous painting ‚Pieta‘ of Titian has been completed by Palma il Giovane (text detail)
Palma decided to make a drawing of the Rialto Bridge on that special day.
To be unseen of the public he went the north-steps along to the highest position of the famous bridge coming from the East-Part of Venice.
The most people are going along the middle-steps to buy something at the shops or to cross the bridge fastly.
„He started to draw the sunset beautifully from there. (He stood left under the north-arch looking through the south arch, which looks similar to the door-arch in Titian’s painting „Pieta“.
He started to draw the sunset beautifully from there. (He stood left under the north-arch looking through the south arch, which looks similar to the door-arch in Titian’s painting „Pieta“.
Pieta by Master Titian, finished by Palma il Giovane
With his painting-cloth he is not so easy recognized in the public because at the Dogan’s Palace he is always dressed well and the important people are knowing him only in that way.
He loves to be ‚incognito‘ in the public very much.
Palmina radiated so much golden-light-love from heart that Palma’s heart that he felt strong to paint, to draw and he smiled thinking on her.
Then suddenly a soft WIND came about his face, but no one seemed to realize that.
Palmina went the south-steps – She came from the West-part of Venice along this famous Rialto Bridge, but they could not see each other.
There was also a little WIND also in her face and moved her beautiful hairs in the sunset-light.
She looked around and than she went her steps up: step by step – step by step.
As she arrived up, she was tired on this 20th of march. She made a little break there.
In her basked there was only the copy of her letter for Palma il Giovane and the new music score, handwritten from him.
As she was on the highest position of the bridge she made a little break.
She put her empty basked – empty because she was selling very fast all the fresh, fine breads on the marked with playing her beautiful lute – yes, she put the basked on the floor, took her lute and looked into the sunset.
She took her letter and the music score, and she kissed softly the music score, she touched it with her left cheek and give the music score of Palma a little tender kiss.
Palma il Giovane watched this tender scene, standing on the north-side of the bridge, on the left side under the arch.
He started to draw Palmina and the Rialto Bridge at this sunset and he was touched for tears of joy to see what she is doing with his music.
Than she took her Lute and played his new composition by heart.
And this she played so beautiful.
He draw her also with her Lute very beautifully.
Than he kissed his drawing also tender and touched the paper also with his right cheek.
Palmina stopped to play and looked up, she could feel that secret kiss.
She smiled and looked around.
Than she played again his new composition.
Palma could observe that the People liked his music.
This was interesting, because they do not know that he, the famous painter of Venice is also a secret composer, and if they also like and love his music like Palmina, this means also that Palmina played it in a beautiful way and she is very talented.
„Albina’s Lute talent has to be supported…and protected…Maybe I have to speak to my mother…“, Palma thought.
He continued drawing and now he didn‘ t realize that Palmina turned around and discovers Palma standing at his easel and looking at his drawing and kissing her image softly and often.
As he raised his eyes again in her direction he was surprised that she is smiling in his direction.
She took his music score and smiled and showed him that she also is kissing his artwork tenderly.
Both have now very read faces, because they are very shy and careful in the public.
No one could see both: The People who walked on the north-steps saw only him; the people who walked on the south-steps could see only her; and those who walked in the big middle-steps could see nor him, neither her until they reached the highest position of the bridge.
Palma realized that and Palmina also.
So she continued playing her lute and smiled secretly to him.
He also continued his drawing of the sunset, but WITH Palmina on the bridge and playing her Lute.
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They both remembered that common secret meeting on the wonderful bridge.
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And they made this secret meeting every day on that Rialto Bridge of Venice to see and smile each other and to exchange secretly the music score, AND to show Palmina how he drew and like her.
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Sitting now at this night-time in the Golden Peony Gondola they remembered now this 20th of march, a day of secret miracles.
They exchanged this thought only by thinking, it was not necessary to use words. Their hearts could communicate with each others from heart to heart.
„Palmina? Could you also remember the soft WIND, at the Rialto Bridge?“
„Yes, Palma, I could feel the mystic WIND also on that day.“
„And also on the other days, there was this short, soft WIND, at that moment you are coming along the Rialto Bridge to play for me the Lutes.“
„WIND,…you should make a composition about the nature image of WIND!“
„Yes, Palmina… you are right… I feel so inspired by you… I love you so much…You opened my heart.
…I was not sure if I am able to compose, till I meet you and you explained me your Lute so friendly. Every day I am thinking on that beautiful moment… Your smile is making me so strong. Even I cannot get a letter from you, or even we cannot talk to each other in the public or in the Art-Gallery, If you come and play during I am painting, it inspires me to make some compositions…“
And Palma wrote down a whole sheet of music paper with the music of Pipa solo 3 „WIND“
As he was ready the Saints and Masters appeared shortly around the Clouds and smiled and moved their head like telling „YES“.**)
Palmina tried it out like this:
VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/261164480 (password „dgpa“ )
„And now let us play it again with the additionally Viola part…“, asked Palma, she could also be friendly-direct if she wants something.
And Palma took his Viola and they played like this:
VIDEO: [Pipa+Viola »WIND«] new: https://youtu.be/YgSy9jBdo44
(old: https://vimeo.com/261164794 )
Pipa solo 3, WIND / WOOD, ☴ 巽卦 –
‚8 Soli for Pipa 琵琶‘ by Gerald Spitzner,
2016-10-29 / 2017
(to be continued…)
**) all they said:
„巽 Sun“ – King Fuxi
„WIND/ WOOD“ – Nüwa
„Brother Wind“ – Saint Francis
„gliding on the wings of the WIND,
appointing the WINDS your messengers,“ – Saint Claire
„橈萬物者莫疾乎風“ – King Wen
„Of all that forces BEND things, there is none swifter than WIND.“ – Tai Si
„The Sphere of Planet Jupiter“ – Dante
„The 6.Choir of the Engels“ – Beatrice