68. How their deep love changed music history
And they saw in their Peony-Vision:
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( 01 picture – Here Palma’s mother had one of the rooms of the famous ‚Venice-Titian-Art-Gallery‘ in the 1st floor in the 15th / 16th century )
Palma and Palmina’s first performance with Lute and Viola was a big success and Emperor Rudolf II liked also all the beautiful painting artwork of Palma il Giovane. He ordered a few artworks from Palma for Prague. (The economic relations to Venice – Bohemian Glas – are again very good now.)
He was also interested to order a Chinese Lute Pipa for his instrumental collection in Prague – Princess Lin will make it possible that a new Pipa instrument will brought from China to Prague.
And: He wanted also to hear a concert from the talented inspiring Lute-player Palmina. The early cultural-evening went well in the Gallery…
(02 picture – Here Palma ordered a big Gondola to wait for his Palmina )
Palma ordered a big Gondola near the Art-Gallery to wait for her.
The way from the entrance of the Art Gallery to the Gondola along the »Campo S. Provolo« and along the »Fondamenta de l’Osmarin« was decorated with Peony Flowers on the left side and on the right side of the floor.
(03 picture – the way from »Campo S. Provolo« along the »Fondamenta de l’Osmarin« where the Gondola waited (in the middle of the picture))
On each side on the decorated way stood a lot of little lanterns. Each lantern symbolizes a lantern from Palmina which she brought to him: Once Palmina came with a lantern to pick up Palma il Giovane at the evening of a church where he painted till the darkness came and he could not see enough to paint and he felt asleep.
Palmina saved always his life with that, avoiding falling down from his dangerous painting-scaffoldings. (Palmina is Palma’s Personal Angel)
( 04 picture – street map of the »Fondamenta de l’Osmarin« where the Gondola waited (in the middle of the picture)
»This lanterns shine now for your way, Palmina…as thank you remembering how often you came and brought me light with your lanterns and heartfelt Lute playing during my hard painting working in the church and at a lot of palazzos here in Venice and at the Dogan’s Palace… «, he said to her as he lead her holding her hand.
Palmina smiled and followed him his »Peony flowers way«, especially made for her. A way full of Peony-Music-Flowers and shining lanterns. A Way of Love and tenderness. A way of CREATIVITY and INSPIRATION.
Palmina looked very lucky on each Peony flower on their way. She looked on each lantern on their common way to the waiting Gondola.
All guests of the Art-Gallery seemed to know what now will happen in Venice: The big music surprise for Palmina.
The choir singers and the 30 Gondoliers prepared themselves waiting on the place where the music surprise will happen.
A lot of people, most artists and painters, students of the Venice-Art-Gallery and students of Palma il Giovane came slowly together at this early evening, which was not dark. The sky was strong blue and full of evening lights and little pink clouds.
Palmina followed step-by step the way Palma showed her with the flowers and lanterns.
( 05 picture – painting ‚Orpheus‘ the hero of the opera, with a violin, by Cesare Gennari )
The very young**) composer Claudio Monteverdi *) saw how Palmina followed smiling and wordless her Master Palma il Giovane.
»This inspires me….So beautiful…this idea of Master Palma il Giovane!… I have to compose once a big artwork, which will change the music history in the future. I will call it ‚Eurydice‘ or maybe ‚L’Orfeo‘ ***), let’s see…
I am so proud to be now a member of this big Venice-Titian-Art-Gallery! It is a big honour for an artist…I want once to be a choir master of the Saint Marco Cathedral of Venice, if I am grown as composer….
…Let’s learn from this great masters and artists of Venice…
…Let’s learn from Palma and Palmina…«, Claudio Monteverdi thought silently smiling.
Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643) – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudio_Monteverdi
»Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (15 May 1567 (baptized) – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer, string player and choirmaster. A composer of both secular and sacred music, and a pioneer in the development of opera, he is considered a crucial transitional figure between the Renaissance and the Baroque periods of music history.«
**) »[…] Monteverdi’s early musical training, or evidence that (as is sometimes claimed) he was a member of the Cathedral choir […]. Monteverdi’s first published work, a set of motets, Sacrae cantiunculae (Sacred Songs) for three voices, was issued in VENICE in 1582, when he was only fifteen years old.«
( 06 picture – Frontispiece of L’Orfeo )
***) »L’Orfeo – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Orfeo
L’Orfeo, sometimes called La favola d’Orfeo [la ˈfaːvola dorˈfɛːo], is a late Renaissance/early Baroque favola in musica, or opera, by Claudio Monteverdi, with a libretto by Alessandro Striggio. It is based on the Greek legend of Orpheus, and tells the story of his descent to Hades and his fruitless attempt to bring his dead bride Eurydice back to the living world. It was written in 1607 for a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua. While Jacopo Peri’s Dafne is generally recognised as the first work in the opera genre, and the earliest surviving opera is Peri’s Euridice, L’Orfeo is the earliest that is still regularly performed.«
( 07 picture – music score of the composition by Monteverdi )
****) Eurydice – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurydice
»Eurydice -In Greek mythology, Eurydice; Greek: Εὐρυδίκη, Eurydikē) was an oak nymph or one of the daughters of Apollo. She was the wife of Orpheus, who tried to bring her back from the dead with his enchanting music.«
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Then they reached the big Gondola.
Now they entered the Gondola very ceremonial without saying a word. Palmina’s eyes shined and she smiled lucky.
Inside the Gondola were also Lanterns and a lot of fresh Peony Flowers. In the Gondola were a lot of music score and a…, really a paint brush!
Palmina looked questioning to Palma.
»It is a surprise…« he said very silent to his big love.
As they both sat in the big Gondola with soft seats and curtains.
Palma closed the curtains and knocked 2 times on the Gondola, so that the 31st Gondolier had now the signal to start to move the Gondola to the place of the music-surprise.
Palmina did not know where the Gondola now will drive.
»…this is your birthday surprise for you…«, Palma said to her very silently and Palmina did not hear it.
»Shen me?…scusi, what did you say…«
»Not so loud, Palmina, our Gondolier should not listen what we are talking about… it is a secret…«
Palmina came with her mouth very near to Palma’s ear and whispered to him: »Why is it a secret? Whole Venice seem to know that today is my secret birthday… «
Palmina repeated smiling this sentence and said it more silent and came more and more to Palma’s ear and whispered into it like a little sweet bird. »pss pss, pss pss pss«
Palma smiled about this tender secret communication with her.
He answered also something whispering into her ear, also very tender and she smiled. Both liked this whispering. They made it the whole travel through Venice Laguna.
( 08 picture – Gaspar van Wittel – View of the San Marco Basin )
And they came nearer and nearer to the »music surprise«.
The Gondola was inside en-lighted because of the shining lanterns.
The whole Gondola had the beautiful decent smell like the fresh Peony flowers.
As the big Gondola arrived at the place Palmina could hear through the curtain that a lot of musicians tuned now their instruments very carefully and silently. She heard also that there are a lot of Mandolins tuning there, but they made „tremolo“ like a Pipa-lute.
Palmina stopped whispering into Palma’s ears and listened to the sounds of the music instruments.
»…so much instruments you organised for my birthday music-surprise…?
…Palma, how much musicians are there outside?…«, Palmina asked surprised and smiling. She was really surprised about so much musicians.
»…Palma, what did you do…?«, she said and smiled questioning.
Palma smiled and said nothing.
His lips formed themselves like saying the word »liuto«.
Palma said nothing.
Palmina hit him softly in his side.
»…Palma, how much musicians are there outside??…It sounds like all musicians of Venice are standing there outside on a big place… «
And now the big choir made some short voice exercises.
»..Oh noooo, Palma, so much musicians for my birthday surprise?….«
He whispered into her ears: »Wait here in your Gondola. I will go with a little Gondola to the musicians…
After a while there will be the music-surprise…Then you open the curtains on your right side«.
And he kissed her ear tenderly – the first time in his life.
Palmina was overwhelmed by his tenderness and closed her eyes beginning to dream: She saw all the lanterns and all peony flowers which shined pink in her heart-to-heart-vision and smiled.
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The musicians waited till Palma il Giovane came with the little Gondola to enter the Saint Marco Place. He made a short greeting and ‚thank you‘-gesture to all the musicians.
All Choir singers for the Venice-Titian-Art Gallery, a little Orchestra and also the Choir of Emperor Rudolf II and the 30 Mandolin-Gondoliers was ready to sing and play the „happy birthday surprise“ for Palmina. Palma stood now behind a little easel standing in front of his Orchestra. So he used it to hold the music score and he used his paint brush as bâton.
All musicians looked now to Palma il Giovane.
Now the „Peony Gondoly Song“ will now be performed in a few seconds.
Palma gave now the starting signal and the music started beautifully like that:
Which music will they perform for Palmina’s birthday?
(to be continued..)