Innisfree Garden in June

06IMG_0055May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time
—C. P. Cavafy, Ithaka

for Barbara Asch

No matter how many visits one makes, Innisfree Garden is always a harbor seen for the first time. Here are a few photographs from June 9 & 10.

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Listening List

Franz Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 41 in C Major Hob.I:41 (1768) (The Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Christopher Hogwood)

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While in Academy Records not long ago, I spotted volumes 5 (the “Entertainment” symphonies)  and 7 (Climax of the “Sturm und Drang” symphonies) of Hogwood’s cycle of Haydn symphonies. Volume 6 (the early “Sturm und Drang” symphonies) is on the way.

Symphony No. 41 is a current favorite—it’s the flute in the Andante that seems to seal the deal each time.

The delicate and subtly expressive Andante features an elaborate flute solo, supported for much of its course by the other winds (the first oboe also has real melodic stature). It is one of Haydn’s first slow movements to include the horns, and to mute the violins (both soon became standard practice). [Hogwood, v.5, liner notes, p. 23]

The symphony is in four movements, Allegro con spirit, Un Poco Andante, Menuet & Trio, Finale: Presto. The instrumentation typically includes flute, 2 oboes, 2 horns (C-alto, basso), 2 trumpets (C), timpani, strings (bass and bassoon ad libitum). Hogwood, however, omits the trumpets and timpani:

[T]he evidence strongly suggests that (except occasionally in church) neither trumpets nor timpani were regularly used at the Esterhazy court until 1773 (in operas) or 1774 (in symphonies). Hence it is virtually certain that Haydn’s original versions of [this] work did not employ them (indeed there is no evidence that he ever authorized them). We therefore omit them . . .. [Hogwood, v. 5, liner notes, p. 17]



Credits: The quotations are from the sources cited in the text. The photographs, as always on the blog unless indicated otherwise, are mine.


10 thoughts on “Innisfree Garden in June

  1. David N

    You have amply proved your point of many returns with the different lights and objects in that fine display of photos. As one gets older, isn’t it better and more rewarding to re-examine the close to hand rather than always be wandering in search of ‘the other’?

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      David: It is interesting to visit often enough to have the luxury to look at different aspects on each return. When I went today, the light was entirely different–and I would say not as good–but still enjoyable to try and capture new details. As for getting older and re-examining rather than wandering, I’d have to say not entirely, for me, as there are far too many places we want to visit and haven’t yet had the chance. But even when we do travel, we make it a point not to do too much, otherwise it’s all a breathless blur. It’s all in the balance, I suspect.

  2. Brigitta “Britta” Huegel

    Dear Sue, it is a dream garden, and Alina and I always think back to meeting you there with dreamy eyes. The poem above I quoted on husband’s decadal birthday two years ago – haven’t read it till then. What I read at the moment is “Goddesses in Every Woman” – if you strip off the esoteric it is a quite surprising book: I am not what I thought I am! Ha!

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      Britta: It is indeed, and I’m so glad you and Alina had a chance to see it “live.” I was reminded of the Cavafy poem when Josie read it at one of her many farewell gatherings. It’s the same poem she read on her “installation” 10 years ago–quite a journey in itself! The book you are reading sounds quite entertaining!

  3. hilarymb

    Hi Susan – stunning photos … I’ll be back to check out your slide show anon … the gardens at this time of year are always wonderful … cheers HIlary

  4. newleafsite

    Despite, or perhaps because of, your status as an amateur photographer – one who does it just out of love – your photos just get more beautiful and more compelling with each posting of them! Join these with this Haydn, and what a plunge!

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      Elizabeth: High praise indeed–I’m sure I’ll fall down on the job from time to time, but it’s a pleasure to keep trying! I’ve been enjoying the Hogwood/Haydn box sets enormously–and so glad you’re enjoying the selections here, too

  5. shoreacres

    What a rich and varied selection of photos you’ve offered us. I’m rather taken with the turtles, actually, but the water lilies always appeal. It was a delight to find Cavafy here, too. The heat is rising here, so quickly and so intensely that the urge to search out new harbors is somewhat lessened. But summer’s here, and there are delights to be seen — thanks for sharing these.

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      shoreacres: We’re always taken with the turtles, too. They appear along the entry driveway, and if you’re not early enough, they’ve disappeared. Today, for example, there was nary a one. The heat here, though probably not a patch on what you have, has been more than we’re used to. We raced out early one weekend morning to finally get the tomatoes planted. We made it, but just barely, before it was just too hot. Northern wimpishness, no doubt!

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