There are several different algorithms I always apply when
visiting a new city:
- Find a mountain by the city and run up it,
- And/Or a waterfront through the city and run along it,
- And/Or a race to do while I'm there.
- Talk to people and pick their brains about the town.
- Attend a festival,
- And/Or a sporting event,
- And/Or the symphony.
The last two are kinda new, so I wasn't applying them yet when
I moved to Bergen. Ergo I haven't been to as many sporting
events or symphonies here as I have in other cities, because
to some degree I've stopped exploring Bergen. It's where I
live, so I know everything there is to know about it, right?
This year I've decided to make an effort to get more involved
with more cultural things around town. In particular this week
I treated myself to the symphony because I heard they were
playing Beethoven. To prepare I also studied up on Anton
Bruckner, whose work was also being performed last Thursday
night. I had never heard of Bruckner. He was a late 19th
century Austrian composer who worked in Vienna, like
Beethoven had earlier. As the conductor so aptly put it before
the performance, his symphonies were his children because he
had none (being dedicated to his music). He reworked them
again and again, so they grew with him. The version of his 4th
symphony performed turned out to be rather different than the
one I'd been listening to to prepare. And I have to say I love
If you've never heard Bruckner before, his work is everything
one expects from 19th century Mitteleuropa. Composition par