A page from the manuscript of The Rite of Spring in Stravinsky’s own hand.
Doodle by bored medieval school boy
This 15th-century doodle is found in the lower margin of a manuscript containing Juvenal’s Satires. This classical text was a popular device to teach young students - kids - morals. The medieval teacher Alexander Nequam stated: “Let the student read the satirists […] so that he may learn even in his younger days that vices are to be shunned” (quote here). Spoken like a true optimist, because this page shows what young school boys like to do with rules: disobey them. And so in stead of studying the student who used this book drew a funny doodle in the lower margin: a figure with a flower in one hand and what appears to be a pipe in the other. Could it be his teacher? Doodles are of all ages but those produced by bored school kids are the most entertaining.
Andre Breton, Three Collage Poems, (1920’s)
"When will the arbitrary be granted the place it deserves in the formation of works and ideas?"
-Andre Breton, From For Dada
The “Immortal Beloved” Letters | Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven’s unsent love letters written to his “Immortal Beloved”, whose identity remains unknown.
Carte Postale de Picasso à Apollinaire : « Je ne te vois plus. Tu es mort ? »
L’employé de banque Guillaume Apollinaire devant la Bourse de Paris.
6 décembre 1905.
A very messy Beethoven manuscript.
(From our latest Curator’s Choice by Sandra Tuppen of the British LIbrary on their digitised music manuscripts. See more here: http://bit.ly/1au9TYv )
Letter written by Rilke to his ‘grand ami’ Rodin. Source Musée Rodin
My dear friend, you should see the beautiful building and the room I live in since this morning. The three windows open to an abandoned garden where, from time to time, you can see innocent rabbits jumping through the trellises like in an old painting.