musically noted

The Salzburg Altstadt
proved different from the other Altstädte
we’ve seen, appreciated and enjoyed.
It didn’t have one big town square.
It had multiple squares—one public square after another—
one leading to another—
many with music in them—
wafting into the streets
from concert halls and restaurants
and outdoor venues.

And it didn’t have the narrow streets—
or didn’t have just the narrow streets of cobblestone,
but streets with houses actually set at a diagonal to the street—
so streets widened into squares—
narrowing out of one into another
as if notating the crescendos
and diminuendos of the music of its favorite son
in its very layout.

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