Here’s a tune I love, but I’d forgotten about it until I heard John Williams, classical guitarist, on Great Lives this evening as I was walking Piggly. His chosen ‘great life’ was that of the Paraguayan guitarist, Agustin Barrios Mangore, and the podcast is still available via the link for those who get there before the next episode is broadcast sometime next week.
‘Una Limosna Por el Amor de Dios’ means ‘An offering, for the love of God’, and John Williams explained that blind beggars would say it in order to urge people to make a donation. He explained that the staccato notes are meant to represent the tapping of the beggar’s stick on the ground. It’s quite sublimely beautiful.