Metamorphosen

Composed by Richard Strauss during the final months of the Second World War, it may reflect his sadness at the destruction of much of Germany. Certainly it is melancholic. Though it is also beguiling.

Ironically, my introduction to this piece was accidental. I subscribed to a classical music magazine when CDs were still relatively new. Continue reading

Gunter Grass: Crabwalk – walking sideways into a story

Gunter Grass, author, Nobel prize winner was not someone on my to-read list.
But I was on holiday in a rented cottage and need something to read. Someone had left a copy of Crabwalk.

His fictional story revolves around the sinking of a ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff, in 1945 with the loss of over nine-thousand lives. The worst single ship loss in history. Grass somehow tells the single story from the perspective of three people who Continue reading