I sketched out a Venetian symphony, the first movement giving the general atmosphere of the city, including the chimes of some bells which 1 heard every day from a church near the Becketts' flat. The second movement was originally a nocturne ("Notturno lagunare") inspired by a boat trip at night across the Venetian lagoon, with the full moon shining on the calm black water and the island of San Francesco del Deserto in the distance reminding me of Bocklin's painting of The Isle of the Dead'
I accept that Greece also plays a part in this symphony. However, to my ear the Lagoon by night is an important image in the last movement.
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