Sunday 14 August 2011
An Interesting Week
In the meantime, life has had to go on. We had a very successful Music Summer School and I now know a lot more about the concerto than I did before. Donna, I hope you're reading this and very glad that you chose to 'crawl out of the woodwork'. I don't know of a book, but there is an excellent set of lectures published by The Teaching Company on the concerto. I can't recommend them too highly. In fact all their music series are superb. They can be a bit pricey, but if you wait until they come round on sale you can often get a real bargain.
What has suffered this week has been the reading for the Literature Summer School. I have managed to read The House on the Strand and do the background work on the historical novel in general (although I still have that to write up) but the other two books remain untouched and I absolutely must get down to them. I did watch a really fascinating interview with Daphne du Maurier made for the BBC in the very early seventies, just after The House on the Strand had been published. Television has definitely changed! She chain smoked throughout. That wouldn't stand a chance of getting on screen these days. What I found most interesting was that the only moment her eyes really sparkled was when she was asked how she felt about being the main breadwinner once her novels started selling. "I loved it," she said. "It gave one the power." Very telling, especially in the light of the particular book we've been reading, which in many respects is about power and the way in which it is abused. If any of you want to see the programme just put Daphne du Maurier BBC interview into google and it should be the first item that comes up.
Have a good week.