BEETHOVEN’S NINTH AND WILLIAMS’ TALLIS FANTASIA

Last night, Elizabeth and I attended a marvelous performance by the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and of Vaughn Williams' Tallis Fantasia at the Mesa Arts Center. The program was a perfect combination of mellow, dreamy and pastoral English composer's "fantasia," and the deeply moving and spiritual "Ode to Joy", arguably the greatest piece of music ever written.

DAY 14, JUNE 7: VISIT TO FRANZ LISZT’S BIRTHPLACE, NOW MUSEUM, EVOKES STRONG EMOTIONS

How do you begin to write a story about revisiting a lifetime as HUGE as that of Franz Liszt? I know, I know... we are not supposed to have any attachments to our past lives. "Been there, done that, and move on" is what our spirit guides tell us. "Get on with new experiences and lessons." And that's exactly how I feel about some of my other "big" imperial or royal or religious past lives (like Constantine, Theseus, Saint Philip, Pope Julius II, King Phillip II, etc.). A shrug. "Been there, done that." But there is something about my Franz Liszt and Prince Albert lifetimes, both running in parallel in the 19th century, that has always had a strong emotional element attached to them.