Chess Game Accompaniment

“The regular Sunday worship service was going on in the widow Ledvinova’s kitchen; the Moravian Brethren did not acknowledge the municipal jubilee because orthodox Protestantism had played no role in the founding of the town. So the lute, the harmonium, the bass fiddle, the violin, and human voices created a backwash of sound for the chess match. The song they were singing – thanks to frequent pauses, embarrassing rhymes, and incompatible syllabic quantities – sounded more like an anti-religious parody:

Mystery surrounds us

Blind men in the gloooooom

But the light of Jeeeeesus

Shines forth in that roooooom.”

-Josef Skvorecky, The Miracle Game.

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