137. »Looking to the Moon in Venice«
After Palma thanked Palmina for supporting him mentally with playing for him on her Lute in such a difficult time (Intrigues by the Church of Security against his family) they saw this in their Peony Vision:
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Early at the morning there was at the West horizon the Full moon visible. Today Palma waked up exactly at the moment of full moon at 5 o‘ clock.
»How beautiful the moon is today, it is full moon and the sun will rise in a few moments…«
Palma looked out of his window. Two Pigeons flew in the west direction to the San Marco Cathedral from left to right.
He looked up to the right building where Mihaela and Adriana have their room in the 2nd and 3rd floor. there was no light, they are sleeping.
»Palmina is sure also sleeping now in her lonely bed, holding her Pipa or Venetian Lute, maybe rehearseling during she sleeps…«, Palma thought.
Down at the street »Campo San Provolo« he saw Princess Lin with a few Chinese bodyguards carrying some Moon-Cake.
»Oh, princess Lin, good morning, Chao An…Quin Wen, From where did you get these moon cakes?..«
»Oh, good morning Signore Palma il Giovane… Yes, these are moon cakes…after the Asian traditional moon festival, we eat now at the full moon night these cakes, with drinking Chinese Tea during we try to see the moon princess on her castle on the moon…The cakes you can buy nearby the bakery of Palmina…«
»Oh, how romantic…I will buy such moon cakes…I forgot about the Asian moon festival…Zhong qiu jie kuai le!«, Palma said down to Princess Lin with her Bodyguards.
»Xie,xie. Zhong qiu jie kuai le!!!!«, Princess Lin answered. This means »Happy Mid-Autumn Moon feast!«
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Then Palma went to the Bakery shop and bought some fresh breads.
As he left the shop the »La Zitelle Girl«, which is new now at the bakery shop, said also »Ts, ts, ts… Signore Palma il Giovane is only dreaming off his Palmina, the best lute player of the Republic of Venice…ts, ts, ts…«
Now he went to the new Chinese Shop nearby to buy some fresh Lotus-Moon-Cakes to surprise Palmina today evening at 11 p.m..
»Ni hao…Da Jia hao… I want to buy some fresh Lotus-Moon-Cakes…«
»Oh, ni hao, Signore Palma il Giovane. We know you, you painted our family members so beautifully…And you composed music for Pipa Lute. This we remember very good…Welcome to our new Asia-Shop… Here we have some Lotus-Moon-Cakes… and they are vegan..we know you eat vegan like our buddhist monks in China…«, the friendly women and her elder husband said smiling and with much respect.
Palma took a whole box and packed it as present for Palmina.
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The day went his way as usual. Palma painted in the church. Palmina did rehearsal and teach at the »La Zitelle« with the La Zitelle Girls to give them the best music and art education.
Later there was a little Organ presentation at the San Marco Cathedral. A teacher of the La Zitelle showed the visitors of the cathedral the organ and played a composition.
Palma remembered that he often played on that organ here and this inspired often Claudio Monteverdi which was 11 year old as Master Titian died.
This Organ presentation will be transmitted by the Peony Gondola so Palmina can also see this Organ from her island.
Palma often transmitted music to Palmina with the Peony Gondola and Palmina could also see the image as vision, as if she were there.
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Now it was Evening in Venice and the full moon is rising over the south east horizon at Venice lagoons waters.
As the Peony hour came Palma entered the inside-golden-light-shining Gondola.
And the Gondola flew over the houses of Venice directly from the window of the »Campo S.Provolo« to the Giudecca Island at the »La Zitelle«.
The two windows at the 3rd floor, of the right part of the building, had light.
It was Palmina’s candle light and she was doing rehearsal of a composition by Palma, he composed for her as love-letter. All his artworks are love-declarations from Palma for Palmina…
Slowly the Peony Gondola set on the waters and stopped under Palmina’s windows.
Palma took his Mandolin and played some short musics for her to show Palmina that he is ready for a Peony-Gondola trip at the 23 hour (11 p.m.).
Today Palma was dressed very well in the tradition of the 16th Century.
Palmina stopped playing, looked through her window down to the waiting Gondola, Palma waved up to her and smiled.
Palmina waved, took her Lutes and some music scores and run fast the steps down to his Palma il Giovane.
How happy she smiled, how she was looking forward to make some music with him in the gondola, to get some new compositions for her instruments….
The floor was enlighted by the inner-golden-yellow light of the Peony Gondola so that Palmina could see her way, step by step from darkness to the light, the shining Peony Gondola.
»Per favore, Signora Palmina…«, Palma said and made a respectful gesture to invite her in the Peony Gondola.
Palmina smiled and thanked, she was dressed yellow white like in the painting of Gentileschi Orazio (see previous chapter)and entered slowly the Gondola.
As she sat in the soft seats beside Palmina the Gondola started slowly to move and to drive in the direction of the San Marco Cathedral. Slowly the Gondola started to fly over the waters, over the Canale Grande. The Gondola flew over the San Marco Place and made a little circle at the palace. The 6000 Pigeons sitting and flying around the San Marco Place did know what is happening here. They were not surprised. Some pigeons flew behind the Gondola and followed them.
Palmina smiled and took Palmas hand and smiled into his eyes.
Palma smiled also to Palmina.
The flight of the Gondola is expressing the feeling both have in their heart now.
Now the Gondola flew between the two columns, the left one has on its top the San Marco lion which is a symbol of the Republic of Venice and then the Gondola turned left.
The Gondola flew beside the Island Giorgio Mazor, »Giorgio Maggiore«.
It was a fantastic flight over the Lagoon water. They saw the stars, the rising Moon over the Isola (Island) Lido.
Palma and Palmina felt now a soft wind at their face moving their hairs in the wind. Especially Palmina’s beautifully hairs looked so beautiful moving in the Peony Gondola.
Palmina kissed Palma on his cheek. This was like the first kiss Palmina gave him as she was a baby and he was only 12 years old. Yes, this kiss happened at the Titian Art-School lesson before the big painting of Master Titian »Transfiguratione«.
The flying Gondola set tender on the water and stopped slowly at the »Giardino« of Venice where the beautiful gardens of Venice are at the south end of the city.
The Gondola stopped at the place where Palma and Palmina often sat at night to see the rising stars in the south-east on a bank behind the stone statue.
Palma stood up and helped his Peony-music-princess to come secure out of the Gondola without getting water on her beautiful yellow cloth.
The light of the gondola switched slowly a little bit less bright so they could see better the stars and the rising full moon.
As Palma an Palmina sat down at the bank Palma said »Palmina, today it is the Mid-Atumn-Moon-Fest…«
»Oh, yes, I know…I learned the tradition at the concert in the Chinese-European Island…The tradition in Asia and China says that if people are sitting together and eating moon cakes they can see the moon princess in her castle on the moon…«
Palma took his surprise.
»Here is a little surprise for you, Palmina…Open it…«
And Palmina smiled about Palmas present and she opened the present.
»Oh a traditional moon cake!! I love Lotus Moon Cakes !!!! Palma.. I love you..«
And Palmina gave Palma a tender cheek kiss and she kissed him all over his face.
Palma was lucky about her tenderness and especially that she is so happy about the moon cakes.
»Let us eat them now after the tradition…And let us look up to moon…«
»Yes let us look if we can see the Chinese Moon Princess…«
And they ate the moon cake and Palma had some new music inspirations in his heart.
Suddenly the light of the Peony Gondola in the water was brighter and there came a music which is the music Palma had in his heart.
Palma and Palmina entered the Gondola and the Gondola flew slowly to the moon.
»Look there is the Chinese Princess, let us see how the castle is there on the moon.«
Palma and Palmina looked up to the moon holding their hands tender.
They both felt in their heart a warm and tender feeling during the beautiful Atumn-Full-Moon over Venice sitting at the »Giardino« of Venice surrounded by the evening stars over the lagoon waters of Venice.
And the Peony Gondola flew and they saw the Moon-Princess with traditional Chinese cloth and they saw the castle and the stars during the music.
And they heard Palma’s Composition for 2 Instruments and it was like this:
VIDEO: [Violin + Viola »Looking to the moon in Venice«] https://youtu.be/XoBiuWC0LeA
(…to be continued…)