Grape Destinations: A Snootful of Art and Wine
How often do thoughts of childhood wash over us? How often have these thoughts transported us to a time when everything was a lot easier and laid back ? Fun times, uncomplicated lives, not a care in the world, no gizmos to peer into, great outdoors most of the time, good simple food and what not. Robert Schumann, the German composer went a step further. Not only did he throw his mind back to the time he was a child, he went ahead and composed a set of short musical pieces which , he said, were his adult reminiscences of his childhood. He titled this collection – Kinderszenen…Scenes from Childhood. A collection of 13 pieces, which he composed in 1838. The seventh piece is called Traumerei or Dreaming. These were composed for the piano.
This piece of classical music is over 175 years old and is still very popular as it has a gentle and timeless melody.If you are looking to travel back in time and insert yourself into some memorable moments from your childhood, sit back, open a nice light wine and allow the gentle tinkle of the keys slowly takeover your senses. This artiste has infused a lot of feeling in this piece and does justice to the context in which this music was written – as a set of recollections from childhood
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What wine would you want to be sipping to enjoy this music ? Choose a simple but delicious wine from Napa Valley , perhaps ? A Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 from Rutherford Ranch is the one I nursed one evening not long ago as I heard this music, among other pieces. This is a lovely wine which satisfies as does the music. The wine was not very complex and it suited me fine as I let the artiste take over one evening…and take me back in time with her wizardry on the keyboard. Here goes….