Friday, January 8, 2010

Viva Palestrina

Is it bad that whenever I see a sign in the news that says Viva Palestina my first thought is invariably that they are well-meaning but spelling-challenged appreciators of the savior of polyphony?

There are precedents...there's a famous story that the conductor Claudio Abbado's father was arrested by Mussolini's secret police for an afternoon because the ten-year-old Abbado put some graffiti on a church that said "Viva Bartok!" and the town police decided Bartok must have been a dissident.

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