My profession, but also my way of life, leads me to listen to a lot of music.
Without her I don't know what would have happened to me.
I have a special penchant for contemporary music, I mean that of composers like
György Ligeti and Gérard Grisey
, for example.
The same thing happens to me with the one from the past:
Johannes Ockeghem and Josquin Desprez,
Franco-Flemish musicians of the 15th and 16th centuries who helped the evolution of music.
They have a very airy, bright sound.
I feel them very internally, like
Tomás Luis de Victoria and Johann Sebastian Bach
However, I also listen to the art of other cultures.
I would not tire of hearing
, as well as the Armenian
, who plays an instrument called duduk, with a very deep and hypnotic sound.
On the other hand, I have
a group from Corsica for many years,
This group sings Corsican polyphony, a primitive song that they have adapted to the current ear.
They even collaborate with jazz performers, such as the trumpeter
One of his albums,
, is fantastic.
I always say that they seem roots that sing, especially its founder,
, who gestures and sings as if at that moment he was crying out for we don't know what.
A Filetta, in Corsican, means "the fern", because it is always reborn from the same bulb.
In my case, as with music, when I don't write, I read.
I read a lot, that's why I can't stick to a book or an author, among other reasons because almost always my reading is conditioned by work.
I can't stop reading philosophy and essays.
I have to say, not without blushing, that I hardly read novels.
It is true that I have remembered
The Alexandria Quartet
and almost all the titles of
Henry James, William Faulkner and Ferdinand Céline,
and some of
Thomas Bernhard, WG Sebald and László Krasznahorkai.
I never forget poetry, for example,
Seamus Heaney, Les Murray and Milan Rufus,
among many others, although I never stray from classics such as
Garcilaso, Quevedo, John Donne, and later Whitman and Rilke,
all of them very different from each other. , of course.
I really like
Among contemporary Spaniards I would not like to fail to mention
These days I am reading the complete Poetry of
, a poet who died young, during the First War.
His work is short not only because of this circumstance, but because he started writing late.
It would be difficult for me to be without reading
Michel de Montaigne and Friedrich Nietzsche.
And I've gotten close to
The first time a movie impressed me I was very young, almost a teenager, it was
The Gospel According to Matthew
Pier Paolo Passolini.
It was prohibited in Spain.
The documentaries by
Henri Cartier-Bresson also
called me strongly.
Luis García Berlanga's
Welcome, Míster Marshall
seem great to me, with an immeasurable
I miss actresses like
Rafaela Aparicio and Lola Gaos
, and I wish there were more actors like
Sean Penn and Naomi Watts
, his inherent silence, like that perceived in
I am not forgetting director
Carl Theodor Dreyer
I don't know why I like Hungarian cinema so much.
The works of
The Round of Recognition
seem essential to me, and I must admit that I have a weakness for
and her feature films, among them
Werckmeister's Harmonies, The Condemnation
The Turin Horse
, a work of the latter. to which I dedicated a short essay that appears in
Thinking and not falling.
Train of Shadows, Under Construction
, all of them by
José Luis Guerin,
always accompany me.
'The Gospel according to Saint Matthew', by Pier Polo Pasolini.
I've never seen a series, except when I was a teenager.
I remember an Italian television production on
Leonardo da Vinci
that consisted of five or six chapters, I do not remember well.
There was only one television channel.
I am sure that today, in full democracy, commercial television networks would not program it.
It was very good.
Several friends have told me the value of some series, but it is a formula that I do not like very much.
Extending and enlarging the plot labyrinth to keep viewers in suspense is not something that attracts me;
as an idea I rather dislike it.
I say it with respect.
Nor do I have time and patience, perhaps less to be aware of a work that stretches over time.
Perhaps in all this there is nothing but ignorance on my part, which could well be or surely is.
It amazes me, anyway, that a family, or let us say, a couple, can be subjected to a story that is subjected to studied and recurrent psychological resources that advise when something should happen in the argument, or when to insinuate it, to claim the public loyalty.
It is about
viewers, who often substitute reading for these long, sometimes endless stories.
Leonardo statue in Turin.
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