The Man Who Fell out of a Tree Robert Leonard Reid F IC T IO N O n the morning of October 19, 1559, the organist and sometime mathematician Stefano Di Pasqua assumed the position of choirmaster of the Basilica of Saint Anthony the Lesser in the city of San Egregio del Costos. Had you SUMMER 2 018 • THE MIS SOURI RE V IE W 69 arisen early that day to observe the city fathers as they greeted the new arrival at the basilica, you would have been disappointed. Stefano Di Pasqua was not a popular choice for the position (actually, no one had ever heard of him), and the city fathers stayed home. Far more qualied fi men had been not beaten out for the job but rather swift in beating their retreats from it. Cardinal Moschella’s determined search for a harmoni - ous replacement for the disgraced former choirmaster Giuseppe Russo yielded in the end but a single candidate, Signor Di Pasqua. We enjoy the belief that Italy was in excellent shape in those days. This conviction arises from a well-meaning but misinformed inclination to equate the splendors of Rome, Venice, Florence, and a few other
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Jul 20, 2018
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