Yet another lovely morning although...

I missed any glimpse of Dawn at all because I overslept, until just after 0600. Am listening to the morning session of the Chopin Competition recorded since I had only just managed to get to sleep at 1245 and went back to my dreams instead of rising for 0100, lazy fellow. Have jettisoned Matins, although will read the lessons after I am done with the morning tasks.

In the Missal of 1570, it is the feast of Saints Nabor and Felix (Introibo, CE, Wiki); the feast of the abbot Saint John Gualbert (Introibo, CE, Wiki) was added to the Roman Calendar in 1602 at which point the feast of Saints Nabor and Felix was reduced to a commemoration.

My first observation of the Chopin Competition is that poor Signorina Leonora Armellini had a bit of bad luck in the drawing of numbers from the hat: first go (of 160+; there were over 500 applicants, evidently) can't have been anyone's hope. The second is that listening to the beautiful master of ceremonies read all the introductory matter in Polish and in English 160+ times is going to get old. I suppose I'll manage to turn her voice 'off' except as a signal that a new pianist is performing. The second pianist, Łukasz Byrdy, is performing three Etudes, i.e. a third Etude in place of a Nocturne; the program '1 Nocturne, 1 Ballade, 2 Etudes, 2 Mazurkas, in whatever order' is obviously not written in stone after all. Time for Prime. What can it mean, the observation (from the chatting at the Chopin Institute site) that 'his pedal was too wet for me'?

Ante Tertiam. After two minutes of searching online, am going to content myself with presuming that 'his pedal was too wet' is contemporary slang for 'he used the pedal too much'. In the chatting, the Chinese and Taiwanese have been exchanging words, ahem, and there are a few Koreans who seem to find the need to use English to be oppressive. The Chopin Institute moderators have appealed to English's status as 'the contemporary Latin'; I doubt that much moves the fools who have been insisting on using their native tongues. Free Hong Kong! Entertainment at breakfast, anyway; time for Terce.

It is also the feast of Saint Agnes (19th century), of Saint Arduinus (9th century), and of Saint John (7th century).

V. Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. R. Deo grátias.