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Bach or Buxtehude

23 June 2010. Having sailed through the Kiel Canal, we docked for the day in Lübeck, Germany. That evening Seabourn Odyssey would set sail on a trajectory that would take us to Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. In Lübeck one of my closest friends from university days, Heinz Honeck, fellow physics student and fellow soccer/football player, met us with his wife, Ute. We spent the day traipsing along the Old Town area of the city. Three hundred years earlier, the immortal Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) had walked almost 160 km from his home to listen to his personal hero, the Danish-German organist and composer, Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707).

Living statues take up their posts early each morning in a variety of European cities. I’ve seen Leonardo in Florence, Casanova in Venice, and here in Lübeck was a citizen from the city's Baroque days. Of course, I was happy capturing the magic moment, where the little girl stood, wondering, “Bach or Buxtehude?”

I cropped the photo in a golden rectangle, 1:1.618, a ratio that works well for great compositions in music, painting and photography.

I apologize about the ghostly red marks above the baton in the earlier version posted. I noticed them only after submitting the photo yesterday. After cleaning the background, I am posting the photo again, alas, without the ghostly marks.

I dedicated this photo to Heinz and Ute Honeck, as well as to our own TE friend, Harriet Kaeler, who has treated us to photos of this part of the world for years.

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