What do you do when the world seems to have gone mad? I watched the TV pretty well round the clock for two days (a year’s worth of TV watching for me). Then eventually I found the wherewithal to listen to some music – Gianluigi Trovesi all’opera. Italian music performed for centuries all over Europe and recorded by a German record company (one that I, born an English person, record for). It’s the most joyous expression of the universality of music I know (read the liner notes by Trovesi and Renato Magni and you’ll see what I mean). I also sits well with my prejudices about the relationship between popular and ‘classical’, and the dreadful damage the early music movement has done by focusing on the work rather than the humans who enact it. Who wouldn’t want to be part of a culture that has produced such music making over so many centuries?
As the music played – Monteverdi, Cavalli, Verdi, Mascagni – and the wine bottle emptied – I realised that I believe in the concept of Europe in much the same way as some people believe in god. It’s an unshakeable faith, and nothing said or done by this pathetic bunch of political nonentities will dent it.