La Serenissima

November 4, 2016


Sometimes words are futile and the only thing that can make you relax is an instrumental song. Besides Loreena McKennitt‘s The Mystic’s Dream, which will be the subject of another article, I also love listening to La Serenissima, which appeared on the harpist’s 1997 album entitled The Book of Secrets.

Though La Serenissima was another name for the Republic of Venice in its glory days as a naval power from the Middle Ages until its fall into the late 18th century, the majestic instrumental piece makes me think more about the Tudor period than Venice. Why? some of you may ask. Well, it’s probably because of the Celtic and Medieval inflections of the song. One thing is sure: someday, when I read Philippa Gregory’s novels, this song will fit the background perfectly. If I close my eyes, I can picture scenes from the Tudor royal court, such as Henry VIII’s first dance with Anne Boleyn like in The Tudors TV series.

Honestly, I don’t know what else to say. Just listen to the song and let it carry you away and let your imagination guide you anywhere you like. Until next time!

by Alina Andreea Cătărău

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