Ah yes, what a rotten year 2013 was. Economically it was a disaster – as well as 2012 went, as badly went 2013. Not only that “the big one”, the follow-up contract at the bookmines, was postponed again and again, all the small ones that normally showed up throughout the year simply vanished. Either expenses were saved by former customers, what means that they got rid of services completely; or there were fewer customers, so people who in former years gave me a kind of sub-contract, now f.e. do research by themselves, simply to stay in business.
At the end of this year I am on bad terms with two people I know for a long time. In one case I take the blame, for I made a mistake and allowed the chance for correcting it to pass. In the second case I take no damn blame; being vituperated as “blasted brute” for a text I – funnily enough – wrote when stone sober, later insulted as “traitor” for a remark I made on my blog, that’s really enough.
And to put the cherry on the cake wreck we call 2013, someone close to me is very ill, the news came in just before Christmas.
So – it only can get better, can’t it ? That year is not over yet. There have been better days, I am sure things will turn again.
Without further ado, here’s a little piece by Antonio CALDARA (1670-1736) (Ger., Eng., bio.), one of “the other baroque composers” who was rediscovered over the last twenty years or so. It is a shortened version of a sinfonia, performed by the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, hope you like it.
Good luck for the coming New Year – Alles Gute für das Neue Jahr !