A Journey from Alexandria to Trieste - 1828

Date: 5 Mar 2018 - Sezione: racconti/

This text is too short to be a “historical novel”, and should perhaps be called “a historical tale” or something like it. It reports the story of a sea journey from Alexandria of Egypt to Trieste, in fact only the first few days. Possibly, listening to the Piano Concerto n.5 by Camille Saint-Saens, “The Egyptian”, which, according to the author, “represented a sea voyage”, properly complements the reading. Besides, in the finale of the second section, Andante, Wikipedia affirms that “Toward the end of the section, the piano and orchestra produce impressionistic sounds representing frogs and the chirping of Nile crickets.” My short story in some way mentions such a setting at the beginning. I confess that in my opinion the historical Eylau cavalry charge should be imagined in slow motion, under the snow, listening to the music of the Gymnopédie (n.1) by Eric Satie.
From the fourteenth line of page 39 to the eleventh of page 40, I would rather suggest listening to the 8th Symphony by Anton Bruckner, under the direction of Sergiu Celibidache, starting from 1h34m18s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elVHvTrEM34. Please read slowly (Bruckner takes its time).

The tale is the translation of a short story in Italian, which was posted on this site on 6 February 2017.