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An April evening at the Palau de la Música Catalana.

The foyer was full of people waiting, a few of them were taking something in the bar, while others were nervously talking or just waiting. I was captivated by those exposed brick arches and pillars from which bloomed lots of astonishing glazed green, pink and yellow ceramic flowers. Certainly, it was like being in a garden, or in the sky, thanks to those glazed ceramic stars of the vestibule ceiling.

And there they were, those magnificent marble stairs, between columns and impressive lamps. Those stairs that made you feel like being in a palace, a fairy-tale palace. Small steps, strange silence, only hearing one's own heartbeat. A brief moment of darkness, and afterwards light, a lot of natural light entering through the stained-glass skylight.

Everything there was related to music: the organ, the choir of young women surrounding the sun in the skylight, the bust of Anselm Clavé and the sculpted girls singing "Les flors de maig", the ride of the Valkyries of Wagner's opera, the bust of Beethoven, those medallions with the names of distinguished musicians or the Greek muses playing their instruments...

I was thinking on Mackay's words and the impossibility of an accurate description, when suddenly a deep silence led to those first notes which I had heard many times before. Closed eyes, deep breathing, and a shy tear. In the end I was listening to Mozart's Requiem at the Palau.

Music:  W. A. Mozart. Requiem Mass in D minor, 1791. John Eliot Gardiner conducting the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir at the Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona) in December of 1991. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5Y2B55nKZY)

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