A Vision Inspired by Elgar's Opus 55

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A Vision Inspired by Elgar's Opus 55

Post by dulcinea » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:00 pm

On 27 August I was relaxing at my home. Between 1 and 2 of the afternoon WSMR-FM had played the Symphony nr 1 of Elgar; I checked my blood sugar, which was comfortably low, I turned off my radio, and laid down on my recliner to catch a nap.
For a very long stretch I found myself fixated on a white reflexion on the dark screen of my TV; it really represented nothing, but I could not take my eyes away. Then I felt as if I were on fire, and that I had forgotten the Spanish language. Then I started jumping about and crashing against my furniture, which I felt I had the strength to destroy. Then a voice rang to me: Dulcinea, break apart from the present. The present is worthless; fly boldly into the future! Demolish everything that is worthless and replace it with visions of unimaginable grandeur that will dazzle and amaze the entirety of humanity!!!
And I was flying and defeating countless enemies and fiends without effort, and I was accompanied by the powerful last movement of Elgar's First Symphony, and I was actually screaming: Edward Elgar, come to me! As long as you are by my side we will bring about the kind of glory so often represented by your golden music!!!
And then I realise that I am on the floor of my living room and at the side of my sofa. I'm stunned: am I actually dreaming with my eyes open? Then the telephone sounds, and I realise I'm actually awake--but awake from what? It takes me a while to climb up on my sofa and stand up, by which time the telephone stops ringing, but that doesn't matter, because I use my caller ID, and I find that it's my pharmacy reminding me to call it regarding a medication that I need to get filled.
The time is 5:56 PM; what happened between 2pm and 5:56 PM?
And then I behold my living room: all the furniture has been moved aside, some of it has fallen, the stand of my electric fan is broken--and then I realise that I am full of scratches and bruises, some quite bloody. My sister Maria calls on me a few minutes later, and she is so worried by my injuries that she takes me to the University Community Hospital. I stay there until 1 Sept, and the general opinion is that I suffered convulsions brought about by a sugar level that was dangerously low.
I'm back at home now; my sister, who is a nurse, gets all overprotective, taking away several of my medications and demanding of me that I control my diabetes by such methods as quitting drinking my favorite potables, Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper--FAT CHANCE!!!
But none of that concerns me. What intrigues me is the dream; it was like no other dream that I have ever had--'twas as if my imagination had torn all boundaries and controls away and I was discovering visions even more dazzling than those seen in movies as fanciful as FANTASIA and AVATAR.
Teresa of Avila, did I have a vision? Certainly the entire thing felt like an ecstasy of the sort depicted by Bernini in his statue of St Teresa and the angel with the golden arrow.
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Re: A Vision Inspired by Elgar's Opus 55

Post by jbuck919 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:02 pm

Among other things, St. Teresa of Avila is a figure of Spanish letters, known as La Santa. Here is her famous account of this mystical experience:

It pleased the Lord that I should see this angel in the following way. He was not very tall, but short, and very beautiful, his face so aflame that he appeared to be one of the highest types of angel who seem all afire. They must be those who are called cherubim: they do not tell me their names but I am well aware that there is a difference between certain angels and others, and between these and others still, of a kind that I could not possibly explain. In his hands I saw a long golden spear and at the end of the iron tip I seemed to see a point of fire. With this he seemed to pierce my heart several times so that it penetrated to my entrails. When he drew it out, I thought he was drawing them out with it and he left me completely afire with a great love for God. The pain was so sharp that it made me utter several moans; and so excessive was the sweetness caused me by this intense pain that one can never wish to lose it, nor will one’s soul be content with anything less than God. It is not bodily pain, but spiritual, though the body has a share in it--indeed, a great share. So sweet are the colloquies of love which pass between the soul and God that if anyone thinks that I am lying I beseech God, in his goodness, to grant him the same experience.

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Re: A Vision Inspired by Elgar's Opus 55

Post by Agnes Selby » Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:35 pm

I gather Beautification would be your next step to immortality. :wink:
Great story!

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Re: A Vision Inspired by Elgar's Opus 55

Post by jbuck919 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:50 pm

Agnes Selby wrote:I gather Beautification would be your next step to immortality. :wink:
Great story!
Beatification, Agnes. I'm sure Dulcinea is already beautified. :)

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Re: A Vision Inspired by Elgar's Opus 55

Post by dulcinea » Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:40 pm

I love to sleep because my dreams are very creative; sometimes 'tis colorful images as rich and luxuriant as a ceiling by Correggio, Lanfranco, Cortona, Giordano, Solimena, Giacquinto, Tiepolo and Maulbertsch, and sometimes 'tis elaborate stories so imaginative and full of interesting twists and turns that, if I could write them down, I would become the most well paid scriptwriter of the movies and TV.
But this dream perplexes me. DULCINEA, BREAK APART FROM THE PRESENT. THE PRESENT IS WORTHLESS; FLY BOLDLY INTO THE FUTURE!
And I'm encouraged to demolish everything that is worthless and to replace it with visions that will leave humanity amazed and awestruck.
Am I supposed to become a revolutionary?
And why did I call for Edward Elgar? There must be more to this than that he was a fellow Catholic who wrote THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS and other religious works. I cry when I read how brokenhearted EE was because of WWI and the death of his wife; am I to go to him and comfort him with BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED?
I listened yesterday to his Symphony nr 2, opus 63; its second movement is so overwhelmingly sad.
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Re: A Vision Inspired by Elgar's Opus 55

Post by jbuck919 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:47 pm

You're welcome. :wink:

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Re: A Vision Inspired by Elgar's Opus 55

Post by jack stowaway » Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:17 am

Dulcinea, Gracias!

Your brave and colourful posts are a marvel of this board. Long may they continue.

As for why Elgar should inspire your fantastical vision, that too is a mystery. The Edwardian melancholic and the Latin quixotic could hardly be farther apart. Perhaps it is yin to yang. Still, fruitful to speculate that you are indeed kindred spirits and that the recluse of Malvern can inspire such transports with his music.

Here are some biographical snippets:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xebav5_elgar_music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywPirX2kpjc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYybBBd2 ... re=related

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