picture: 2 white pigeons of ‚Mars and Venus‘ by Palma il Giovane
32. Unexpected concert in the church in Venice – and Palmina’s Idea – the present of Prinzess Lin
And after they heard the musics of the spheres Palmina gave Palma a tender soft kiss.
„I am proud of you, Palma!“
And Palma felt again inspired and started to write down the music of the spheres.
He had only to write down the music they heart at the spheres around them.
Palma’s kiss and her smile and her tender words gave him the power, and he felt it around his heart, to compose this eternal music inspirations.
There was no time-dimension and no space-dimension in this Peony Gondola. So Palma wrote this composition so fast in this 23rd (11 p.m.) hour of the day.
Palmina laid again her had on Palmas side and he put his arm around her sitting in the soft seats of their Peony-Gondola.
He kissed her tender on her cheek and she kissed him tender also on his cheek.
And again they had a vision:
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They saw themselves again in this church in Venice where Palma is painting on his artwork.
She brought Palma again some food and her Lute to play for him in this lonely church.
Palma realized that if she played for him during he is painting her on his big artworks that he is more and more inspired and he works more efficiently and much faster.
And: Palmina’s secret wish was to play with Palma on that Organ.
So she tried to tell this with her smile and with her lute playing.
And she stood up during she played, and played on an other place in the church.
Palma smiled and tried to understand why she is hiding behind the column.
Then he stood up to see where she is.
There was no Palmina – Where is she?
Palma looked around and didn’t find her…
He went around in the church and his smile was not so strong now.
„Palmina?…. Palmina?…Palmina? Mio amore, my pigeon… wode bai sede gezi.. Ni zai nar? Ni zai nali?“
Palma was a little bit sad because he suddenly remembered on that days he didn’t get answer of his letters. Someone stole his letters he thought. And he didn’t find her in Venice for a long time….
BUT he had a heart-to-heart connection to her during this long time. And their hearts could communicate every day, during day and night.
Suddenly Palmina played the „Spring Melody of the 8 Images“ from the Organ like that:
‚Spring Melody of the 8 Images‘
VIDEO: old: https://vimeo.com/261534433 – (password ‚dgpa‘)
new: : https://youtu.be/rrUiJxY4ksc
And she smiled down to him. Now his fears went away. He took a long breath.
„Oh, Palmina wants to play music with me at this Organ“.
Palma went fast the steps up being very lucky about this music idea.
Both knew: This is a secret music meeting in the church.
the church is officially closed because of Palma’s painting working.
So also no priest will realize that they are both at the Organ.*
* For women of the 16th century there and all over Europe it was not allowed to enter the the organ place, where the choir and only boys are singing, during a religious ceremony in the church.
This will not change till the composer time of Joh.Seb.Bach, 100 years later, brings her future wife to the Organ.
As Bach made an official performance with her playing at the Organ he tried to enforce that women can make music at the organ – But this was very difficult, even 100 years after Palma il Giovane…
Only if the female musician was a V.I.P. it was allowed for a women to make music in a church during a religious ceremony or an official concert.
Also Vivaldi had later problems with his female orchestra and girl’s orchestra in Venice.
They where only allowed to play behind a wall and not allowed to be seen by the audience.
( This was much later after Palma il Giovane’s century )
So we can imagine how protected Palmina was by the Dogan’s Palace to play as women in Venice in the public – for a special circle of public – special guests of the Republic of Venice.
* Joh.Seb.Bach (1685 – 1750)- wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Sebastian_Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations, and vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.
* Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)- wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Vivaldi
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741) was an Italian Baroque musical composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as the Four Seasons.
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Palmina and Palma are knowing that and so their secret atmosphere here on the organ was a very magic moment.
Palmina started to play the ‚Spring Melody of the 8 Images‘ sending Palma a love-golden-light wave to his heart.
And Palma felt this and answered on the organ with this free-style playing and
„in-between“ she repeated the ‚Spring Melody of the 8 Images‘.
And she played it in the same tempo as she played it in the Venice-Titian-Art-Gallery as sound example for Palma’s speech.
And if we could reconstruct this secret moment today maybe it would sound like that.
No one could see this here; only the sweet pigeons who sat there at the church-windows – the pigeons did bill and coo.
So after they tried out the first time to play Organ and Pipa here in Venice in the 16th century they looked wordless in their eyes.
Now the golden-light was around their hearts. A light Palma often draw in his pictures also in the „Asian Virgin with Child and Saints“.
But their heart had connected deeply during the music so that they looked at each other is only a result of the silent heart-to-heart communication.
Palmina made her mouth to a kiss saying silent „Liuto“.
And he said silent to her with his mouth „Pi – pa“.
Palmina smiled very heart fully.
Palma loved her smile.
„I have an idea“
– „What idea? shèn me yise ma…?“
Palmina came with her sweet mouth very near to Palma’s ear and said tender in his ear something….
Palma moved his head saying „YES!“
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And as Palma and Palmina saw this from their Peony-Gondola he hold Palmina a little bit stronger but tender with his arm and they continued to dream their common dream:
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The next day at the same church:
They saw now the over hundred of people of Chinese delegation coming in that church, taking their seats.
This was Palmina’s clever idea:
Invite the guests of the Art-Gallery and to held the speech and the concert in this church which was now closed for the public.
A lot of candles had been lit and beautifully placed in the church for the fine guests.
Princess Lin was also there with her children and her husband.
They made the painting session here in the church to finish the painting where the painting will also stay in Venice.
Master Lao explained again something about Chinese philosophy.
He spoke also about Kungze *)
*) Kungze – „Confuzius“ – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confucius
„Confucius“ 551 (BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.
The philosophy of Confucius, also known as Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius’s thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known in the West as Neo-Confucianism, and later New Confucianism (Modern Neo-Confucianism)….“
picture: The Analects of Confucius
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Meanwhile Palmina played beautifully her Lute…
Palma explained the drawings of this church and showed how he is painting on his big artworks now.
Interior of Chiesa dei Gesuiti (Venice) – sacristy – San Cleto papa fonda l’Ordine dei Crociferi – San Ciriaco vescovo di Gerusalemme riconferma l’Ordine by Palma il Giovane
* Picture one of the paintings Palma il Giovane is painting
during the Chinese Friends came to look how he is painting…
some painting of Palma in the church of Santa Maria Assunta:
„Alexander III confirms the Crucifixes and gives them the rule – Pius II will give the Crucifixes the silver cross and the blue robe. “
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The Chinese friends came to look how he is painting.
And also Chinese painter Masters studies his techniques very interested.
Palmina started again to play during the painting session very lovely on her lutes.
The whole rooms are filled with the heart-to-heart golden-light between Palmina and Palma.
The Auditorium could feel it.
Palma was so lucky to know that she supports him with all her heart.
„And now Palma will explain for us the instrument and type of the Italian organ…“, Palmina said very inspired.
This is Palmina: If she wants something…., if she wants something what is good, she does not stop to believe in it and she does not stop to fight for it – but decently and very clever.
This is also something why Palma loves her so much…
Palmina believed in Palma’s music talent and his ability to invent compositions and to write it down.
Palma was surprised by her creative idea: „Should I really play on the organ something to show how the organ sounds?…“, Palma thought.
Palmina saw that he was shy but she smiled very secretly to him. With her smile she gave him power to believe in his music talent.
She went fast up to the organ on the right side and played on her sweet Chinese lute the „Spring Melody of the 8 Images“ and made some variations about it.
Palma felt inspired and went smiling also up to the organ where his Palmina, his Albina, his white Pigeon is waiting for him to give together with him a little „free-inspiration concert“ for the very interested audience from Asia, sitting in the church here in the beautiful Venice.
Beautifully they played and played surrounded by a golden-colour-light…
Princess Lin was amazed and also her whole family….
After the little concert the whole church was filled with applause.
„This was the first concert with Chinese Lute and Venetian Organ in music history of the whole world.“, the people of the audience said.
Princess Lin said to the servants silently something into their ears…
After a while they brought two cage with two white pigeon.
The translator said very solemn:
„Our Princess Lin is amazed by your beautiful concert and your speech about the Venetian-Organ and your demonstration of your actual painting artwork and all music here in this ancient church.
She wants also to say ‚thank you – Xiexie‘ with giving you this beautiful two white pigeons*).“
– all applauded –
„…This pigeons are able to transport letters to each other.
In China the people love to have message pigeons.“
*) pigeons post- Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon_post
„Pigeon post is the use of homing pigeons to carry messages. Pigeons were effective as messengers due to their natural homing abilities. The pigeons were transported to a destination in cages, where they would be attached with messages, then naturally the pigeon would fly back to its home where the owner could read their mail. They have been used in many places around the world. “
*picture: women with letter-pigeon
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The audience applauded very friendly and nodded and smiled and where amazed.
The Chinese people did understand that Palma and Palmina are a secret love pair and they are loving each other very decently through their hearts.
The Chinese People can understand such heart fully situation…and they feel and see all through their heart and soul…
Palmina came and took the cage with the white pigeon – and also Palma il Giovane came and took as officially present by the Chinese Princess Lin his white Pigeon.
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And late at the evening, as the stars shine on the evening sky, Palmina’s mum said to her „Write him a letter, Palmina, write him a letter…“
And Palmina smiled silently and she took her lantern and begun to write. Then she looked thinking to her white pigeon on her table: „…And you will really bring this letter to Palma?“
The pigeon made some tired eyes, wanting to sleep and then she made short, soft sounds as if she wanted to answers „YES! groooo… grooo…“.
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At the same time Palma’s mother said: „Write her a letter, Palma, Write her a letter…You have now the letter-Pigeon…“
Palma started to write…
Then he looked at his white Pigeon on his table:
„You will really bring this letter to my Albina, my Palmina, to my sweet white pigeon?…“
And she answered also something like a ‚pigeon-YES!‘
„…and if you fly to Palmina she will put you at her cage… and we can later exchange the cage on a secret place….“
Palmina and Palma, both could not sleep today, both thought about what they want to write each other and how they would exchange their pigeons on a secret place… (Maybe on the Rialto-bridge, which was created especially for them by Da Ponte.)
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And on the next early morning both gave their pigeons the little letter and send them to fly…
Palmina kissed his pigeon saying „Batsi, batsi,..wode baisede xìngē“ and Palma kissed his Pigeon and said „fly, fly to her and tell her that I love her deeply and also greetings from my mother…“
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Palmina’s Pigeon stared to fly to Palma and Palma’s pigeon started to fly to Palmina.
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Palmina could feel that moment Palma did this and started to smile.
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Palma could feel her smile and smiled also.
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Palmina took her Chinese Lute and plugged:
A – D – E – a
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Palma took his Viola and played:
c – g- d‘ – a
And they flyed and flyed and soon they arrived as it was promised.
* picture: painting „Pigeon-post“ by Miklós Barabás, 1843
Palmina’s Pigeon landed at Palma’s open Window.
As she landed secure she made some friendly sounds and: she wanted to have some tender stokes by him.
Palma stroked her and kissed her, opened the letter of Palmina.
The first letter of Palmina after such a long time. They know each other. Yes, they know each other for a long time since centuries.
And of course the content of their private letter is private.
Not even the pigeons did read it, so if they respect their right of privacy, we do also…
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But as they opened their first letter they received after such a long time we are allowed to tell that Palmina smiled like the rising sun…
„Bad rice, bad rice…“ *)
…and Palma smiled like the happiest man in the history:
He also said „Bad rice, bad rice…“
* „Bad rice…“ is an old tradition to express with this sentence, that something good happened, this Master Lao explained at his speech in the church.
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And as Palma and Palmina saw this all in their Peony vision in their Peony-Gondola they dreamed a music like that:
VIDEO: [ 2 Pigeons inspiration ] https://vimeo.com/251713920
music: 2018-01-18 Vl+Kl ‚2 Pigeons inspiration (‚Venus+Mars‘ Palma il Giovane)
(to be continued)