Open Thread - Homesteading in France
Our use of lights from candles, bonfires, and holiday strings are rooted in the chasing of the darkness in the depths of the longest night at Solstice. Many of us are loathe to take down our winter festival lights until we see visible signs of lengthening days.
It seems inappropriate to post beautiful photos of Galeries Lafayette in Paris, but it is so wonderful.
In these dark days, one of the things that gives us something to soothe our minds and souls is the beauty of music.
Mr. Meta and I joined a community choir conducted by a very gifted conductor, composer, chef de chœur from England who has relocated to France and is now becoming a French citizen.
We are Pagan, but the beauty of singing and making something so resonant, lovely and moving cannot leave us untouched. The acoustic of stone churches is anything from spot on to such a long echo it becomes almost impossible to sing in. Our eglise is just on the verge of overpowering us. Slow is good.
The paroisse commissioned a Baroque Organ which was built in an atilier in Hagganau, north of Strasbourg. The organ is five manual, stand alone piece with hand carved wooden decor. It has a tuning which is difficult to use as accompaniment. But has a lovely range of stops and instruments.
Here is this year's pamphlet.
Music à Charolles
At another time I will try to embed some of our own performances but for now will post YouTubes of a few of our favorite pieces. Our director took us from one line singing to eight voice polyphony in a couple of years.
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree - Poston
Adieu des Bergers - Berlioz
Personent Hodie - Medieval
We miss singing with the choir. After fifty years I was so surprised to see that it was possible to sing better than ever.
Wishing you all beauty and love in this season of light.