The South African Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee wrote in 2001 of hearing, at 15, the music of Bach (from The “Well-Tempered Clavier”) being played on the harpsichord.
Usually I write about what’s coming up in the next month, especially in classical music in the Walla Walla Valley. But so far nothing has come across my radar for July, so instead I’ll talk about what’s coming up a little further out.
I remember from my very earliest years, at Green Park Elementary School, rejoicing in the beginning of June.
We celebrated Walla Walla’s sesquicentennial in 2012. The city was incorporated in 1862, but Fort Walla Walla came first, in 1818, and the Whitmans arrived in 1836.
In the 14th century, English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of “Aprille with his shoures soote,” linking, in the prologue to “The Canterbury Tales,” the month of April with nature’s abundance and the torrents of spring. If alive today and living in the Walla Walla Valley, Chaucer might well turn his pen to celebrating a month of musical abundance.
The month of birds returning from migrations brings to mind Walla Walla’s linkage with far-flung regions of the world. Musically, we get a month of exotica, of musical tourism.
This month brings heartfelt crossover music to the Walla Walla Valley.
January is now the month for the mid-winter Walla Walla Chamber Music Winter Festival, which takes place over a generously stretched Martin Luther King weekend, this year on Jan. 16-19.
Readers familiar with the Old Testament know that even ancient people held a close connection between music and the sacred.
By November we’ve settled into our school-year routines and are stacking up firewood. Time for some musical refreshment!