298. ✮ The golden proportion in Palma’s painting and music ✮

298. ✮ The golden proportion in Palma’s painting and music ✮

picture 1 - Chiesa Sant' Antonin where Palma painted the whole year 1596 on the paintings about the life of San Saba.jpg
picture 1 – Chiesa San Antonin where Palma painted the whole year 1596 on the paintings about the life of San Saba

And they remembered all the days as Palmina came with her basket with fresh bread or food from the Dogan’s Palace where Palmina played often Lute solo concerts for the international honour guests of the Republic of Venice, sometimes with her lantern and with her music instrument, her lute.

Every time Palma il Giovane painted in the church he put on his working table
a music score for Palmina.

Often she comes at Palma’s painting working place and her first look was on the little working table where also a lot of glass with colours and paint brushes are placed.

And every time she smiled if she saw a new composition for her waiting to be played by her on that table.

Sometimes she played it directly in the church – Palma’s ear and heart was in such moments direct with Palmina.
Palma was lucky and he followed every tone she played.

And Sometimes she did rehearsal it in her little room in the ‚Calle de la Pieta‘.


picture 2 - Square_San_Marko_in_Venice_at_night_light.jpg
picture 2 – Doge’s Palace in Venice (left) where Palmina performed often Palma’s music creations for her

Sometimes she performed it then at the evening concert in the Doge’s Palace on San Marco Place.
During this concerts Palma could feel that. He could feel that she was performing his music creation, he felt it deep in his heart, even he was painting with a lantern or sleeping at the painting scaffolding in the church even he is sleeping in his little bed, he could feel her heartfelt music playing and smiled and was lucky.

Very often Palmina came with her Lute at that Church Chiesa San Antonin to play his new composition and Palma was very lucky to hear his new creation played by her and he painted during this very happy.
So in this way Palmina inspired Palma to compose little creations for her and there was no day without a new fresh composed music score, waiting on the working table beside the bottles with colours and several fine paintbrush.

picture 3 - One of the Paintings about the live of San Saba*) in Sant' Antonin in Venice.JPG
picture 3 – One of the Paintings about the live of San Saba*) in Sant‘ Antonin in Venice

*) There was a scaffolding in the year 1596 on the left side on which Palma was working on the half-circle paintings till the evening. Palmina came with a lantern to bring him light and to play soft lute music for him (often she surprised him with his own music compositions)

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During they saw this Peony Gondola Vision a music creation comes from Palma’s heart to describe this Vision of the year 1596.

And Palmina put her head to Palma’s side and they listened to the music and they saw all this secret music moments and it was like that:

VIDEO:Violin and Piano (60b): https://youtu.be/rRwEHZS4Xrg

»Oh, Palma, it is composed in the 5/4 beat isn’t it?«

»Yes it symbolizes the golden proportion¹) in art. I use it in my Paintings (a:b = b : (a+b) – The smaller (a) is in relation to the bigger (b) like the bigger (b) to whole (a+b)«

»Oh, 5 beats per bar as golden proportion. Woooh, Palma, that is an amazing music idea!!!«

¹) Golden Proportion ( „golden ratio“) in Mathematics and Art – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio

»In MATHEMATICS, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. The figure on the right illustrates the geometric relationship. «

in ART:
» The golden ratio is also called the golden mean or golden section (Latin: sectio aurea). Other names include extreme and mean ratio, medial section, divine proportion, divine section (Latin: sectio divina), golden proportion, golden cut,and golden number.

Mathematicians since Euclid have studied the properties of the golden ratio, including its appearance in the dimensions of a regular pentagon and in a golden rectangle, which may be cut into a square and a smaller rectangle with the same aspect ratio. The golden ratio has also been used to analyze the proportions of natural objects as well as man-made systems such as financial markets, in some cases based on dubious fits to data.[9] The golden ratio appears in some patterns in nature, including the spiral arrangement of leaves and other plant parts.

Some twentieth-century artists and architects (see also art and architecture in the earlier centuries), including Le Corbusier and Salvador Dalí (Titian, Palma il Giovane, Johann Sebastian Bach), have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio—especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio—believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing. «



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After they listened to the music they continued to dream their Peony Gondola Vision and it was like that:

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Yes, she played his music creation for him with all her heart and Palma got more power to paint.

If she played he could feel her heartfelt personal dedication. It seems that she is hugging his heart with her music performance and Palma could feel it even they get a distance of thousands of miles / kilometers.

If they are not alone and some Titian Art School students are assisting Palma with painting work they were carefully that no one could realize that Palma and Palmina are looking and smiling at each other.
In such moments Palmina played and smiled. And Palma could feel her smile without looking in her direction and Palma smiled also secretly during he was painting on his huge painting artwork.
Also the other students painted better and are more concentrated if Palmina was there and playing on her Lute.

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And after that Peony Gondola Vision Palmina and Palma dreamed a dreaming music like to fly together over the surface of Planet Mars and the dreaming music was like that:

VIDEO: 3min Violin and Piano (60c) : https://youtu.be/Ws_Wj5eNFac

(to be continued…)



Read also the other CHAPTERS of this story
»Palma il Giovane – The Peony Gondola« here:


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265. Back to Venice after a long time

265. Back to Venice after a long time

And after they played together 40 minutes of this composition in their Peony Gondola hour at 23 o’clock, Palma and Palmina continued to dream their Peony Gondola Dream and now they saw this:

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Palma looked at the horizon expecting not only the new day.

„I am so looking forward to see her again“, he said holding his Mandolin.

The time seemed to be now running after an other dimension.

„Maybe she is in 8 minutes here where I am standing. But every minute is like a whole day for me – Oh, Palmina, my Pigeon…“

And Palma composed in his heart a music inspiration for two instruments being inspired from that feeling of expectation during he made fast a drawing of the skyline of Venice in the slowly rising morning.

picture 1-7: Music score of „Chaconne in a minor“

01 Chaconne in a-minor by Gerald Spitzner (Vl+Kl) (Palma il Giovane) IMG_20190713_143010.jpg

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02 Chaconne in a-minor by Gerald Spitzner (Vl+Kl) (Palma il Giovane) IMG_20190713_143112.jpg

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03 Chaconne in a-minor by Gerald Spitzner (Vl+Kl) (Palma il Giovane) IMG_20190713_143218.jpg

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04 Chaconne in a-minor by Gerald Spitzner (Vl+Kl) (Palma il Giovane) IMG_20190713_143305.jpg

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05 Chaconne in a-minor by Gerald Spitzner (Vl+Kl) (Palma il Giovane) IMG_20190713_143346.jpg

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06 Chaconne in a-minor by Gerald Spitzner (Vl+Kl) (Palma il Giovane) IMG_20190713_143454.jpg

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07 Chaconne in a-minor by Gerald Spitzner (Vl+Kl) (Palma il Giovane) IMG_20190713_143600.jpg

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As they saw this Peony Gondola vision Palmina put her head to Palma’s side.
And Palma put his arm around her.

„My Palmina…“

„My Palma…“

Palmina hold Palma’s left hand and he could feel it. Palma smiled.

„Look in my music score: The second bar after [Nr.6] there is a Pipa-Chord (A-D-E-a) in the Piano Part, look here, Palmina.“

Palmina looked, understood and smiled.

Now both heard they new music inspiration sitting together in their Peony Gondola side-by-side and it was like that:

VIDEO: („Chaconne in a-minor“ for Violin and Piano) https://youtu.be/cIZeQ65WOE8


(to be continued)

Read also the other CHAPTERS of this story
»Palma il Giovane – The Peony Gondola« here:


146. The Peony Rose Music Dialogue

146. The Peony Rose Music Dialogue

And they saw in their Peony vision:


Emperor Rudolf II said to Ludevit:
»Oh, I think Jacopo Palma il Giovane will understand that you want to paint landscapes on far places, like Moon, Mars, Saturn. I think he is the right man.
It is told that he helped once El Greco to keep ongoing to paint in his own painting style as he learned at Master Titian in Venice. Palma helped him and said to him that he is on the right way…«.

Ludevit was a little bit shy. He has so much respect of Palma il Giovane, he is so well known in whole Europe and also in Asia and China.
Even his music is loved by the people there.

Emperor Rudolf II continued speaking slow an wise: »He will sure teach you in painting these ideas. Why not, he is a very tolerant Master…He is well educated…He knows a lot of old traditions, cultures and religions.He spoke with Chinese, Asian, Buddhist, Taoist, Lutheran, Christians, Muslims, Jewish…I think as Venetian Citizen he will also understand that you love to learn painting planets and planets-landscapes…Ludevit, try it.. I send you to him.«.
Ludevit made a respectful gesture and went slowly backwards to show his respect to the Emperor Rudolf II who is collecting arts from all over Europe and the whole world.
»Ah, Ludevit…«.
Ludevit stopped moving.

»Ludevit… I want some paintings from Master Palma il Giovane…and,and I want later to come to Venice to see and to hear the performance of the «Peony Gondola Song» in the San Marco Cathedral to hear our famous Choir from Podebrad.«

Ludevit smiled, nodded and went slowly respectfully backwards.

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As Palmina saw this Peony Vision she said full of joy:

»Oh my Palma. My composer… Isn’t it amazing… They will come to play your compositions – Our Love Song in Venice!!! Oh Palma….«
»Oh Palmina. I want to hold you in my arms and kiss your cheeks and your talented hands!«

»Oh Palmina, I want to make with you a music Dialogue. You and me.
I play some notes on my Viola and you play some answer on your Lute…«
»Oh this would be fine…and the Peony Gondola will transmit our tones so we can hear each other. A music from heart – to heart«

Palma kissed her cheek and she kissed also his cheek and they saw a Vision on a Peony Rose and they heard a music dialogue like that:

VIDEO: [2018-10-14 »Peony Rose Music Dialogue«] https://youtu.be/WG3Frq_72lo

(to be continued…)


31. The Vision of the Asian Virgin with child and Saints


picture: 1580, Palma il Giovane (is 32 years) ‚Virgin with child and saints“, Venice

 31. The Vision of the Asian Virgin with child and Saints

* picture: 1580, Palma il Giovane (is 32 years) ‚Virgin with child and saints“, Venice

„You played so beautifully for me on this Venetian Organ! Thank you Palma, my composer!“, said Palmina with tears of joy and love.

Palma took her tears from her eyes smiling and said:
„Yes, you inspire me to be a composer and a great artist, and I love you!“

And they suddenly saw on the sky an appearance in a vision:

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They saw an Asian virgin like it was at Titian’s Vision he had for his „Pieta“ *) with Saints around her.

*) see also: Chapter 26 – THE PIETA

The sky became light-blue-white bright like „as if“ it is now day.

They saw this from their Peony Gondola in the 23rd hour of the day (11p.m.):

The Virgin had a child and the saints where around her.

The virgin looked like princess Lin from the Chinese-delegation who came with hundreds of Chinese people here to Venice to honour the Republic of Venice and to show to the Venetians the beauty of Asian Culture and also the music and the instruments, especially from traditional China.

The baby looked like the baby of princess Lin.

Palma made some fast drawings…

Palmina smiled, she seemed to know what this miracle means.
Palmina has a secret connection to heaven…“, Palma thought and Palmina smiled because she could feel his thoughts.
Palmina’s heart was deeply connected with Palma.

Palma drew and drew. As long he painted the first draft the miracle didn’t disappear.

As he has done it they sat into the soft seats of their Peony Gondola which is a present of the heaven, the symbol of eternal compassion.

Palmina put her head on Palmas side and Palma put his arm around her.

And they dreamed and saw together in their vision sitting in their Peony-Gondoly:

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They saw themselves in the Venice-Titian-Art-Gallery:
Palmina played Lute Soli.
Palma held an other new part of his speech.
Master Lao explained the different cultural and religion traditions of China.

The Chinese musicians explained their instruments* for the audience.

Every instrument played some tones as example.

* Chinese music instruments like

Pipa (琵琶) – pear-shaped fretted lute with 4 or 5 strings
Guzheng (古箏) – 16–26 stringed zither with movable bridges
Qin – Chinese historical zither, early zither in Chinese.An ancient classical Chinese musical instrument similar to Guqin.
Erhu (二胡) – two-stringed fiddle
List of all at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Chinese_musical_instruments

The European part of the audience was fascinated and the Chinese Audience looked now to Palma il Giovane, the famous Painter of Venice.

And now Palma explained the Pipa *).

And now we will hear an example how the Chinese lute, the „Pipa“ is making music:

Princess Lin and Palmina played some examples and they looked as if they knew each other of ancient time in China and looked at each other very friendly.

*) Pipa: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipa

Palmina played the music examples…

Then the little child of princess Lin came to her mother and wanted to be lifted by her.

Palmina came to take friendly princess Lin’s Pipa.

As Palma observed this scene he remembered suddenly the vision in the Peony Gondola.

Palma asked the translator for Chinese-Venetian language: „May I ask, princess Lin to draw her with her little child as traditional Venetian Saint Virgin, this is a very old Venetian Painting Tradition, with child and Saints to have a remembering of the important friendship between Western and Eastern Traditions?“

The translator spoke Chinese, she smiled and answered him and he translated:“ It would be a great honour to be again portrayed by the first Master scholar of Master Titian. It will be a great pleasure to know that a remembering will stay here in Venice and the other portraits are going to China… and we all will be very proud to have this European artwork. And you can paint me a little bit more in the European tradition if it is possible…“

Palma nodded. Palmina holding her Pipa smiled and saw that Palma understood the miracle vision and what it told him silently.

The Chinese audience spoke in Chinese a few silent words of administration to another and then, after a few minutes, Palma started to paint….

As the baby of princess Lin started to move more and more, Palmina had the idea to play on the Pipa some Chinese lovely music, some bars of Palma’s composition.

And suddenly the baby listened to the music and was very quite.

Palma smiled and was lucky to hear his composition, performed by his sweet Palmina, his Albina, his white soft friendly pigeon.

So Palma could continue painting his artwork vision…

Later the baby wanted again to move very much, then a servant took the baby and Palmina had the idea to let the princess hold the Pipa, so her arms had not to be in the air and can rest on the Pipa.
Of course Palma would not paint the music instrument Pipa, he will paint the baby.

Palmina could hold now the Chinese baby and the princess hold the Pipa.

Palma painted and painted….

And so they made it day by day, often after the speech by Master Lao and Master Palma il Giovane.

Often Palmina supported the drawing artwork of Palma with her Lute playing:
She played the Venetian Lute and she played the Chinese Lute very beautifully.

The Chinese audience was fascinated by Palmina’s talented Lute performance. Often the people stood up from the seats to come and to look carefully respectfully how Palma is painting the Chinese Princess Lin.

Palmina realized that Palma liked to paint Chinese women very much.
„Maybe in 300 or 400 years I will be again a Chinese Pipa player…“, Palmina thought by herself.

Palma turned his face to her side and looked at her playing the Chinese Pipa so beautifully. He waited till her eyes looked in his direction to send her a heart full smile.
He seemed to feel what she feels now.
Again a golden light was around them.
Princess Lin smiled, she seemed also to know that they both like another and that there is a deep secret to the instrument Pipa in their common life.
It was as if Princess Lin came with her delegation of hundreds of people was not only to make the diplomatic contact to the Republic of Venice, the mightiest State in the 16th century in Europe and the whole western world, it was because Palma and Palmina have a special cultural mission which is going over centuries and Princess Lin could feel the secret golden light and supports them secretly.
She also smiled now to them.
In 300 or 400 years she will again help them to find together and to overcome the problems of their secret tender love…

Master Lao smiled as if he could read the thought of all of them and he nodded slowly with an old friendly silent smile of an old Chinese Master.

On one day Palma’s painting and music student came to watch and to study how Palma is making this painting.

Palmina played and meanwhile Martin stood up to look suddenly to the beautiful eyes of princess Lin.

Bildschirmfoto von »2018-02-10 09-35-11«
It is his first time that he saw Asian Women in his whole life.
He was fascinated by the aesthetic Asian eyes of the Asian women.
So he could not stop to look at her beautiful Asian face and especially Asian eyes.

Palma liked also to paint the Chinese Asian Women and her Eyes and Martin stood on the left side of princess Lin and looked, and looked, and he did not stop looking.
Palma wondered a little bit.

Bildschirmfoto von »2018-02-10 09-38-31«

„And…and…could you, dear saint virgin, be also my mother…?“
he said and Martin started to cry as he felt that positive energy of all people here.

Palmina came, Palma and the Chinese women came to console him.
„My art scholar Martin cried because he lost his mother a few years ago… and he is asking if the saint virgin could also be his mother….“

The translator understood and translated for the Chinese friends.
All Chinese women tried to help Martin touching him tender on his head.
Palmina was also full of understanding for him and stroke his head.
And then Palmina started to play some beautiful soft music to give him warm energy.

Martin still looked and looked at Princess Lin in his vision to see her as saint virgin, the music and the warm energy of Palmina and of all members of the Venice-Titian-Art-Gallery seemed to support him mentally.
He breath very slow and calmed slowly.
„He felt now that the saint virgin will protect him and will also be mother for him“

And as Martin stood so quiet looking fascinated of the Asian eyes of princess Lin Palma il Giovane started to paint and to paint Martin as Saint beside the Saint Asian Virgin with child.

Bildschirmfoto von »2018-02-10 09-37-11«

Now her baby seemed to bless all standing around here with his hands.
„This is a miracle“. All the Venetian and Chinese Audience felt a miracle happened now.
During Palmina’s playing the ‚golden-light music‘ all happened harmonic as a sacred miracle.


A priest came from the audience and felt on his knees and fold his hands for praying.
Palma started to paint this scene and asked the priest to stay in this position to finish Palma’s traditional painting because the miracle will stay as long he paints and Palmina is playing.

And really as long he painted the baby blessed the priest and all around with his hands.

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This could Palma and Palmina see sitting in their Peony Gondoly.

And now Palma took his Viola and played for Palmina like this:

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/Fw52BCk23SY (old: https://vimeo.com/255156832 )


Viola solo music inspiration (Palma il Giovane-Virgin and Child with Saints)
painting:  Palma il Giovane-Virgin and Child with Saints


After that Palmina took her Pipa 琵琶 and played as music answer this, and then the voices of the sphears sung suddenly like this around their Peony Gondola and Palma and Palmina played also:

VIDEO: [Cantico delle Creature 1-4 with Pipa 琵琶 +Viola ] https://youtu.be/ZjJU6j0yur8  (old: https://vimeo.com/255156832 )

(to be continued…)

painting: Palma il Giovane
‚Virgin with child and saints“, Venice, 1580

9. Palma il Giovane music inspiration – After the Concert

9. Palma il Giovane music inspiration – After the Concert

’Palma il Giovane music inspiration – After the concert‘
pictures: Dogen’s Palace with paintings of Palma il Giovane
music: Violin solo: Renate Spitzner Viola solo: Gerald Spitzner
recorded: 2018-02-17

VIDEO: new: https://youtu.be/gf0CjyKSoCk
(old: https://vimeo.com/256197224 )

Palma and Palmina could not sleep this special night.

Palmina sat up into her little bed, in her little room being alone with her new lute. She is looking over her little garden through her open window observing the bright shining star SIRIUS – „Sotis“ on the night sky holding her new Lute in her hands ready to play.
She loves her Lute. Her thoughts are: „What a wonderful day it was and also the evening…“. Her thoughts are with Palma.
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Palma is also looking through his window in the little flat of his mother…
He is also sitting alone in his little bed, in a little room, observing also the brightest star SIRIUS – „Sotis“ at the late night-sky.
He is holding his Viola da braccio in his hands but like a lute, ready to pluck. The bow is lying beside him.
His thoughts are: „What a wonderful day it was and also the evening…“. His thoughts are with Palmina…

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Now Palmina played on her Lute „A – d – e – a“ very soft and slow…
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Palma plucked in this moment c – g – d‘ – e‘ on his Viola.
(This way of playing a string-instrument without a bow is called in italian language „pizzicato“ written in the music score often as „pizz.“)
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Palmina and Palma starting to dream about today’s day:
They are both now remembering the day as it was:
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„What a wonderful day it was and also the evening…
After the big Chinese-Venetian concert and the big guide through the rooms of the Dogan’s Palace they all sat at long tables being invited by the Venetian state for eating and drinking finest cooking.

Palma has his place at the important persons of the state of Venice.
He knows all persons very well. He knows them from all that invitations of the government. Palma il Giovane is always invited and there are always the same people…
But as he greeted all of them and as he spoke shortly with all of them as it was usual, his thoughts where again with Palmina.
Today he was dressed very well – also Palmina was dressed very, very well for her big Lute concert.
„Where is she now? – On which table is she sitting?“
He searched her with his eyes slowly and carefully. None should guess for whom he is looking for.

As he saw that she was sitting at the table where the artists and dancers of the pink flowers performance sat, he carefully stood up, excused himself for going, and went slowly but not directly to her table, where one free place beside Palmina was already waiting for him. She always reserved his place for him friendly in her shy manner.

He asked if he is allowed to take place here?
„Excuse, excuse, excuse…“, Palma folded his Hands like praying and bowed himself a little bit a few times.
Palmina smiled very shy – she was secretly lucky that he came to her place – and all women beside her allowed him to sit down on this long table at Palmina.
The light of the candles tried to enlighten the palace hall, but in this century (16.) there was no electric light, so although there are so much candles shining, so much mirrors and google filled with water to use the candle light for enlightenment, it is not very bright at this ancient hall.
But this makes it also very romantic…

It seams that the „golden heaven light“ is now again in this palace, around their hearts. Palmina is looking and smiling – but very shy. She had her head a little bit down but her eves where looking at him with shy friendliness.
Palma said to all artists „Thank you for your performance, especially for the beautiful flower dance with the pink flowers – it is so magic and aesthetic!“.
„Oh, thank you,..“, said the young female dancers with the white-pink(magenta) Byzantine-Chinese dress. One of them seemed to be a very well studied ballet-dancer. Palma could realize her talent. The artists where lucky to hear some feedback especially by Palma il Giovane.
And to Palmina he said smiling:
„…and thank you for your beautiful Lute playing here in our world city of art and music!“

Palmina realized that Palma was speaking very diplomatically beside her colleagues…she smiled to him understanding his intention…

She showed him with her beautiful eyes not to continue to speak because the palace servants came and are standing behind him, they could listen and spy around…
(Venice is a small world and all eyes and ears are listening sometimes too much)

And now the fine food and drinking of the palace was carried at this table by the palace servants.

Palmina thanked like a little princess and Palma thanked also to the servants very friendly.

Palma was very carefull because the servants should not figure out too fast that Palma and Palmina found themselves deeply inside their heart.

He looked very shy and she looked very shy.

It is the first time in their life they are now sitting together on a table at the finest place of Europe – the Dogan’s Palace in Venice. Venice is in this century the cultural centre and city of cultural exchange between the East and West as it was earlier in Byzantine. Some call Venice „The new Byzantine“.

Palmina and Palma both looked to their food but both where now thinking about each other. They raised their heads at the same moment and are now looking into their eyes.
Palmina get a little bit red in her face, but at this golden candle light atmosphere none could see it and the colleagues are now talking very much to each other. They didn’t care about Palma and Palmina, both sitting at the right end of this long table.

Palmina and Palma thought now at this moment how wonderful it is to communicate WITHOUT WORDS carefully only with music.

They remembered the day he played the „Marco-Polo-Love-Song“-Melody in its shorter earlier version like it is now at music score at bar 72 and bar 92. Only she knows the text to this Melody:
„Princess Gogathin, open your heart, I,I, play for you…!

She heard the melody inside her heart without using a music instrument… Deeply inside her heart she was able to repeat the melody.

Palma felt that and he heard her moving this little melody deeply in her heart.

None can take them away this melody from their heart.
Not even the aggressive violent stack-beetle from their secret „Spring-Moon-Light-River-Island“.

As Palma saw that the other artists are talking to each other he raised his arms and making with his fingers the pantomimic movements of ‚Playing Lute‘ or his ‚Playing Mandolin‘ or now ‚Playing Pipa‘ as he did it here in Venice as they suddenly met in the small little street under her little window over her little garden where she lives in her little room.

Palmina understood him immediately.

She smiled so lucky and then she said „Pi-Pa!“.
Palma folded his hands like praying or it is usual in Asia to greet respectful and friendly.

„I want to ask you if I may compose some music for your Pipa?“

„Yes, yes…!“

„Oh this is great! You are the best Lute player of the Venice Island-State!“
„Oh, thank you Palma…“,
„May I compose 8 music pieces for your Pipa? “

They felt again the golden-light-connection between their hearts without saying a word.

„YES, yes…“

„…may I…,may I see your music instrument?“
She nodded very shortly and they both went back to the little wood-stage at the other side of the ancient palace-hall in-front of the big painting artwork of Palma il Giovane and Tintoretto.
Her case of her Pipa was on the left side on the stage.
They both went there and they both felt on the knees to see the Pipa.

As Palmina opened her case of her Pipa, it felt like she opened her heart…

None was allowed to see or even to touch her music instrument but now: …She showed it to Palma…

„Oooh, how beautiful…!“, said Palma
„And this…are the nails for the fingers to make the sound…?“
„Yes, yes…“, Palmina said with her soft innocent voice.
She took the Pipa out of the case and gave it to Palma.

As Palmina gave him her Pipa it felt like the Saint Virgin allowed him to hold her baby…

It was such a magic and personal moment.
Palma felt that it was a big honour to see the instrument of such a talented soloist like her and he knew that she is the best…“
Palma was now allowed to hold her instrument.
„Oh,… it’s heavy!“
Palma was fascinated by this Chinese Lute.
„And..And…the names…?“

They felt that their hearts came nearer and nearer…without looking at each other.
„…the names… of ….the ….4 strings…are…“
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Palmina is still looking at SIRIUS remembering this beautiful moment of today’s evening.
She started to plug A – d – e – a on her Pipa.
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Palmina’s heart was now very warm and she sent love and a little smile to Palma.

In this moment Palma also thought on this beautiful moment, his beautiful moment ever, as she explained him the names of the strings. He is also looking to SIRIUS now and could feel her smile and her love…
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Palma plucked on his Viola: c g d‘ a‘
* * *

And then they both continuing dreaming and remembering of the moment at the stage…
* * *

„Oh,…,oh,… I will write it on a little piece of paper for you….“, said Palmina shy and very lovely.

„…I…. feel….. that I play this Lute since…. hundreds of years…“, she said like being in a vision.

Palma had also her vision…

Understanding her he said: „Maybe you played this Pipa for Marco Polo (1254-1324) 300 years ago. As he listened to you, he felt in love with you and he answered with music playing his Venetian Love-song for you as music answer…“

She smiled very very shy but lovely, „…this could really be… …it happened maybe 300 years ago…“

He could feel that Palmina was an open, big hearted soul which is really interested in a music dialogue…and she inspires him very much…
„She is a present of heaven and an ambassador of heaven“, Palma thought, „“Her culture is the golden light of heaven, the heaven of music and the higher inspirations…I love her! I love my music-princess…“

Palmina looking to him as she could read his thoughts.

Palma sees her, he hears her and he feels her with all his heart.

If someone would harm her he would feel it imminently. She is protected by the state and especially by the Venetian Titian-Art Gallery.

She explains him the highest notes possible to play on the Pipa.

„This is a fa…“, Palmina tried to show that it is a semi-tone higher.

„Ah, higher than fa, fa sharp?“
„Yes, yes…“, she said softly.

Palmina played very soft the highest note of her lute – fa# (sharp)

Palma came nearer to see the position she is touching with her left hand.
She played it so naturally and open hearted that Palma felt a big harmony and familiarity now again…“

* * *
As they both dreamed this about their day they took again their instruments, each sitting in their little rooms on their little beds looking to the stars outside:
* * *
Palmina plucked on her lute: A – d – e – a
* * *
Palma plucked on his Viola: c – g – d‘ – a‘
* * *

Both saw now a „shooting star on the night sky“…
Palmina smiled…
Palma smiled…
* * *
 ’Palma il Giovane music inspiration – After the concert‘

pictures: Dogen’s Palace with paintings of Palma il Giovane
music: Violin solo: Renate Spitzner Viola solo: Gerald Spitzner
recorded: 2018-02-17

VIDEO: new: https://youtu.be/gf0CjyKSoCk
(old: https://vimeo.com/256197224 )


(to be continued…)


Read also the other CHAPTERS of this story »Palma il Giovane – The Peony Gondola« here:


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8d. Trionfo di San Zulian Music Inspiration (Palma il Giovane)

8d. Trionfo di San Zulian Music Inspiration

(Palma il Giovane)

Violasolo by Gerald Spitzner (2018-02-08)

VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/254831442

painting: Trionfo di San Zulian by Palma il Giovane (Venezia)

Violasolo ‚Trionfo di San Zulian Music Inspiration (Palma il Giovane)‘
by Gerald Spitzner (2018-02-08)

3. Palmina saved Palma il Giovane with light and music (Mandolin solo inspiration part III)


(Mandolin solo inspiration part III)

VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/250977540

paintings: Palma il Giovanne

music composed 2016-10-31 by Gerald Spitzner (played Jan 2018)

Gloria di San Giuliano di Palma il Giovane


Today Palmina wanted to surprise Palma with playing his own creation from her window as she did last time.
She expected to hear from him soon – Every day Palma worked on a very large painting in the little church nearby. Often he arrived late with his mandolin to play for her and to listen to her music answer.
But today she waited and waited – there was no Palma…
She looked out of her window down in the tiny small street – but again no Palma…
She waited so long and was a little bid sad. She prepared the music piece so good and to surprise Palma today – but there was no Palma…
As the evening was coming she decided to lit her candle in her small lantern to go down to the small short street searching Palma in the church where he usually is working on his painting.
She took also the Lute with her, some little white Venetian breads and went very fast to the little church nearby.
The door was not locked so she hoped that this means that Palma is there still painting with candlelight. But as she came with her lantern-light into the dark church there was no candle lighting.
The church was without any light. Only from the windows came some dark blue light. She found him sleeping at his big painting making a little break forgetting to wake up and to come to Palmina with his mandolin.
She looked at him and realised how peaceful he is now sleeping. Palmina smiled as she saw him sleeping like a little child in front of the big painting which is his great artwork. But she also saw the music piece on that paper he wrote for lute lying beside the painting.
She learned every note by heard from that music piece.
Palma did not know that she learned his music piece and playing it in her tiny chamber alone every day. Once she wanted to play for him his music creation – Today was the day!
Also Palma planed to play this music piece for her!
He thought that he will surprise her with this music – He learned the piece on his mandolin in his little breaks between when he was alone in the church.
BUT Palmina was faster – Yes, she is able to learn a new music piece incredibly fast.
Every time she visits him at this little church in Venice she learned a few parts from the music-sheet which has Palma always at his working place secretly looking at the music sheet.
But Palmina came often and brought him fresh backed fine little breads (Once Palmina invented these little fine breads and all people of Venice loved her creation – Only in Venice you can get these fine breads also till today).
Palma painted often so long that there was no time for eat. Palmina could feel that and brought him secretly every day some fine little breads if none was in the church.
Today he worked so long and hard on his big painting that he felt asleep. So Palmina set the lantern-light to his head and took her Lute into her hands. Softly she started to play his music piece tenderly nearby his ear. She saw also that he added a dedication with her name at the music-sheet. She was very moved about this – Palma is expressing his feelings and she understood this very well…
She was so lucky that Palmina did not fall from the scaffolding today. It was dangerous to be tired and painting on the scaffolding in this church.
Palma il Giovane heard her beautiful playing and waked up very softly during her gentle Lute playing. First he thought a female angel with a special kind of lute was now playing in the church.
Palma started to smile and listened to her little soft personal concert.
They where at this evening alone in this little church – only the angels where with them and also the golden light which was visible around all things (Palma often painted it in his paintings).
Palmina looked so friendly being surrounded by the warm candle light from the little lantern. Palma was lucky and inspired…
Palmina played with all her heard and warmed Palma’s heard. Now she waked him up so softly and friendly…
She awakes his love to music, to make music, to express feelings with music and to tell little or big things within music…
She was able to heal with music, to make tired hearts lucky and to wake a sleeping soul up for new inspiring life with all her music talent playing her lute.
So Palmina saved Palma il Giovane with light and music.
LISTEN to the music piece:
(played at Jan. 2018)


paintings: Palma il Giovane
music: composed by Gerald Spitzner (31.Oct, 2016)

VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/250977540

(To be continued…)

Read also part 4 here:

4.  https://geraldspitzner.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/2-pigeons-music-inspiration-marsvenus-palma-il-giovanne-eng-de/




1. »Palma il Giovane – The Peony Gondola« – Mandolin solo Inspiration I – by Gerald Spitzner

1. »Palma il Giovane – The Peony Gondola«

– Mandolin solo Inspiration I – by Gerald Spitzner

· 470 years ago Palma il Giovane lived (* ~1548 in Venice; † 1628 Venice) in Venice (Italy), who was a famous painter and pupil of the great master Titian.
At Venice his painting was presented the first time in a little church. He saw her the first time in his live. She played very beautifully the Lute. After the concert he spoke with her about her beautiful concert and thanked her very much. He spoke with her about the names of the strings of her beautiful instrument. And she was very lucky to explain him the names of the strings. And there was a light-beam coming directly from the church window to that place where they stood. He wanted to see her again but he had no address, he had only her name „Palmina“.
So after a long time it happened during an early morning in Venice that Palma il Giovane went through a very tight and very short street.
Suddenly he met her again in this street:
She was carrying tiny white breads which where freshly backed. Palma made some pantomimic movings with his fingers in the air. It looked like he was playing Lute. Palmina smiled very happy.
As they so meet each other again they smiled and said no word and looked smiling into their eyes. She allowed him to sniff on the fresh tiny fine breads. He sniffed and she sniffed also, both smiling and looking each others into their eyes.
Without saying any word they met again in the next morning in this little street. This they made every early morning in this short tiny street without speaking any words while smiling and looking into their eyes and sniffing at the fresh fine white little breads which where backed fresh and transported by Palmina through this tiny street.
But on one day she was not here on that morning and Palma was very sad because he didn’t not know where she is living here in Venice. Suddenly he heard her playing the Lute. So he raised his eyes up to the windows over the lovely little garden on the right side which was on the other site of the tiny wall and he saw a lot of open windows and he could not figure out from which window Palminas Lute music is coming from and decided to run home and bring his MANDOLINE.
As he heard that she is playing so beautifully he listened to her music. After she stopped playing for a while he started to play on his Mandoline this music:

Please click to listen to Palma’s Mandolin solo:

[video-link]: https://vimeo.com/250000429

composed and played by Gerald Spitzner, Jan.2018


(To be continued…)

    Read part 2 here: