Saturday, June 21, 2008

Midsummer Concert

Midsummer night, June 21, the longest day of the year: all of Paris celebrates Fete de la Musique with concerts everywhere. In the manicured garden courtyard of the Ministry of Research and Higher Education, the orchestra of the students of the Grands Ecoles played "Night on Bald Mountain" by Moussorgsky and Beethoven's 7th Symphony (with, alas, some competition from the rock-and-roll band on rue Descartes). The music was beautiful. The sky was blue. The air was scented sweetly by the tree under which I sat. There was beer. On this, I will blame my lack of perspective. In the streets afterward, there was also Silly String.


Gerald said...

That's a fantastic 2-page illustration! I really dig the composition you chose.

Tyler Street said...

Thanks Gerald for my very first comment! I struggle with composition, and especially with perspective, so I particularly appreciate your comment on this picture. It was a beautiful evening. I was sitting under this tree, next to the conductor's wife and their little daughter, as it turned out. The daughter was drawing too, making a picture of "Papa" at work.