Yesterday was one of those Tuesday’s! I tucked myself into Big Jane Honda just as first light appeared and drove to the GO Bus station off Route 128. Thinking, the whole time, I must be mad! Those of you who know me know I have a tendency to be a tad impulsive and those who love me…love that about me. Except, of course, for the two former husbands and those who don’t love me at all! I heard on NPR, a few weeks back, this lively interview with Janet Cardiff and her Forty Part Motet sound installation at The Cloisters in Manhattan. It was just too tempting to avoid the jaunt!
Mr. GO Bus dropped me at 31st & 8th Avenue. I dashed across the street, took the A Train to the tip-top of Manhattan, walked through Fort Tryon Park where the gardens must have been splendid in the deep summer. Just beyond Fort Tyron Park are the grounds for The Cloisters. Magnificent! In the intimate Fuentiduena Chapel (see photo below) were forty speakers positioned at shoulder-level. I could wander and stop and wander again hearing each movement and every sound that composed this fourteen-minute motet. I could stay all day and, in fact, I can’t believe I didn’t spend the night being swept up by Thomas Tallis‘s sacred work!
Forty speakers, one Spanish Crucifix from 1150-1200, a handful of quiet people caught up in the wonder of it all! There was little else but to head back through Fort Tyron Park, board the A Train to 52nd Street, then the C Train to 23rd Street, then a brisk walk to Le Grainne Cafe over there on 9th Avenue and 21st. Have a quick lunch, including a giant bowl of latte, dash off across the street to Billy’s for two sinful cupcakes to be devoured on the 4 pm return GO Bus! I have to pinch myself to know the whole of Tuesday wasn’t simply a dream!