for Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Eruption.
One evening in 2013 I joined a vast audience to witness a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. As soon as I returned home, I wrote a 350-word vignette which I still consider to be one of my favourite pieces of writing.
The following is a six-sentence summary of what I recall. The memory of that evening will stay with me forever. I’ve placed a recording of the final chorus below should you choose to listen whilst reading.
Thousands fill the vast arena, expectant, excited, impatient.
As the orchestra assembles on stage the choir files to the rear.
To spontaneous applause, the leader appears violin in hand, followed by the conductor who acknowledges his welcome, turns to the musicians, taps his baton on the rostrum then raises it.
Wrapped in a lush blanket of sound, I close my eyes and everyone disappears, it’s just me and the music, rising and falling, carrying me with it, on and on.
I shudder as it reaches its magnificent climax then a moment’s silence is followed by an eruption of thunderous applause, people standing, clapping, shrieking for more.
And so ends a night of passion.
The original piece on which my Six Sentence Story is based can be found HERE
Thanks to Denise at GirlieOnTheEdge for hosting.