Thursday, December 03, 2009

The idle fops of the past

To St Paul's Cathedral tonight for a performance of Handel's "Messiah". Plenty of time to contemplate three things:
1. Christopher Wren was one of the few - if not the only - architects to design a cathedral and then live to see it finished.
2. Handel wrote his masterpiece in three weeks.
3. What did people like that do in their spare time?

1 comment:

  1. Peter9:59 am

    I've often wondered the same thing. Brian Wilson wrote God Only Knows in an hour, which I find inspiring on one level and totally dispiriting in terms of ever personally producing something of worth.