Thursday, July 06, 2006

Emotional Intelligence

Joaquin Rodrigo at the age of 4

“Resilience . . . and how often we find solace through the arts, or are driven to the arts for solace, or seek solace in the arts, or all of these, it doesn’t matter. It is both our sword and our shield, doing for the composer what it does for the audience. Music expresses what we cannot put into words, or hope we never have to put into words. Tristan und Isolde is not about the love of Tristan for Isolde. It is not about the love of a man and a woman. It is about the yearning for love you cannot have (leibestod = death/love). Mendelssohn said music was better than words, not because it was vague, but because it was more precise.” -- Susan Dunn, Resilience: the eBook

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At the age of 4

This is the anniversary of the death of Joaquin Rodrigo, a Spanish composer who died in 1999 at the age of 97.

He is considered one of the finest Spanish composers of this century.

He lost his eyesight as a child from a diphtheria epidemic. Later in life, without bitterness, Rodrigo would say that this personal tragedy probably nudged him towards a career in music.

He studied in Paris with Paul Dukas, and when there, met the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, who encouraged him in his career. It was during the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s that he composed his best known work, "Concierto de Aranjuez," for guitar and orchestra. It was named after the palace garden of Aranjuez, a famous site in Renaissance Spain. In 1991, he was nobilized by King Juan Carlos I and given the title 'Marquis de los jardines de Aranjuez'. He was later buried in this garden.

Rodrigo said: “In this life you can never be first in anything. I only inspire to be an improved Joaquin Rodrigo.”
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