Friday, May 16, 2014

A great metaphor

In May 1814, representatives came from near and far for the national congress to draft a constitution for Norwegian independence from Denmark. On May 16th, delegate Gustav Peter Blom made a diary entry commenting on the marching band performing there: "There was particularly good music played by the Nordenfjeldske Janissary Band, where the virtuoso Hedenstrøm shined with his trumpet, and excited our intellects. If only the trumpet of truth could give such wonderful tone in every misled mans ear. If only the Congress could create music, so free of the dissonance of evil and slander, and the whole area would resonate with the harmonic chords of Norwegian society!"

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