Visions of Notre Dame

Notre Dame as Seen front the Quai de la Tournelle, 1897-1902, Jean-Francois Raffaelli
Notre Dame as Seen front the Quai de la Tournelle, 1897-1902, Jean-Francois Raffaelli

Like many people around the world, I was struck by the images of Notre Dame in flames on the evening of the 15th April 2019.

It is one of the most historically significant ancient buildings in existence, and goes beyond religion or culture in its appreciation around the world. I have never seen the building nor been to Paris, but was struck by how people have responded.

Here is a recording of the first of Erik Satie’s Ogives, recorded today in order to show how the building has inspired people. Satie is said to have been inspired to write these pieces, named after an architectural feature, by the form of the windows of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Although most editions now contain them, Satie originally wrote these pieces without bar lines, encouraging ebb and flow in the tempo in performance

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