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Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis is a love story between Joe, a rich, handsome womanizer and Maria, a humble Mexican immigrant. Joe's life is changed forever through his love of Maria
Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis is the story of Joe, a rich, handsome, womanizer who has it all but is still disillusioned with his life and the hypocritical people and society he has to deal with. He seeks spiritual fulfillment but cannot find it. At a fund raising party he has an argument over the question of illegal immigration. This is the last straw in an already shaky marriage and leads to his divorce. Joe, happy to be rid of his nagging wife but at the same time also sad at his divorce questions where his life is going. At a diabetes education class he is attending with his mother he meets an attractive woman. She proposes a date and after a disastrous encounter with her is even furthr disullusioned with humanity. At the same diabetes clinic he meets another woman, a poor Mexican immigrant with several health problems who is in a wheelchair. He is struck by her humbleness, intelligence, and beauty. Through her he begins to understand what true love means. She leads him to a spiritual reawakening through music, art, literature and most especially her love of life. Joe discards his previous lifestyle and learns to like her and then love her. Because of her he recognize the beauty inherent in life while however, still maintaining a cynical view of humanity. Their love grows until it finally ends intragedy.
Try as he might he just couldn't comprehend the music. He thought, this music really sucks. It may have started out all right but it has steadily been going downhill. The dissonant music grated his ears and increased the tension he was experiencing. He thought about the title The Unanswered Question. He couldn't care less about the question or the answer. The music was giving him a headache.He couldn't wait for it to end.Then, out of the blue as though he were hit by a cosmic revelation everything began to make perfect sense to him.The meditative string music now complemented the discordant music that had so irritated him only a few minutes ago. Boy! How obtuse can I be? It was now obvious what the music was about and how it expressed itself beautifully.