Day: May 25, 2014

The Aubrey–Maturin Series

The Aubrey–Maturin series is ‘a sequence of nautical historical novels —20 completed and one unfinished— by Patrick O’Brian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centring on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship’s surgeon Stephen Maturin, a physician, natural philosopher, and secret agent. The first novel, Master and Commander, was published in 1969 and the last finished novel, Blue at the Mizzen, in 1999.’

‘The 2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World took material from books in this series, notably Master and Commander, HMS Surprise, The Letter of Marque, The Fortune of War, and particularly The Far Side of the World. Russell Crowe played the role of Jack Aubrey, and Paul Bettany that of Stephen Maturin.’ (See Wikipedia for more information)

Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid (Night Music of the Streets of Madrid,), Opus 30 No. 6 (G. 324), is a quintettino (quintet) for stringed instruments (ca. 1780), by Luigi Boccherini, the Italian composer in service to the Spanish Court from 1761 to 1805.