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Thank you, dear Fryderyk, for the sublime gift you have left us all... Your life spanned but 39 brief years, but in that brief span you left a gift that is timeless.
I'm back from the Chopin Birthday recital and it was AMAZING! I heard a lot of his songs which I had never heard ever before and even though I did not understand most of the lyrics (Polish and Bulgarian are a bit similar), I loved them all!
I also heard all the Op.10 etudes performed by one of the best Polish pianists Robert Marat! His Revolutionary Etude left me speachless!
And I also got to talk to him briefly after the concert and he is a very nice guy, he gave me an autograph:
I'm so happy right now ^_^
Edit: At the end when everyone was getting ready to leave some random kid from the audience (8 year old) was pushed to the stage by his mother, she insisted he met the pianist and the child was "But I don't know Polish, I can't talk to him!"
And after he shook hands with the pianist he played a Chopin Prelude (I think) and that kid was actually pretty good. Robert (the pianist) took a chair and sat in the back and listened as the kid played and then applauded him
Loc: under monsoon clouds
I didn't get through Eisler's Chopin's Funeral word for word because it depressed and annoyed me. She emphasized the worst of everything and everyone, and indulged in what seemed to me to be unwarranted speculation. It would be fine if she expressed that sort of thing as her opinion and interpretation, but as far as I remember, she presented it as fact.
The title in itself is inappropriate.
But you still may want to look at that book, because it will give you some perspectives you may not find elsewhere.
It seems like we've lost track of last year's mazurkathon--? Greg said he could only find one other one, but there have been two previous ones, right? The 2009 one isn't up on the current e-cital site, and if it's still around someplace, it would be nice if we could put a link to it for March 1.
Loc: 90 miles West of New Orleans
Wow, this is really something! I'm glad I have a new computer, big monitor, fast broadband connection, plus sound coming from my stereo system. I can't wait for fiber optics which will allow full-screen. Mike
I would think the other Jeff would know, if anyone would.
No one knows the definitive answer. Best guess: confusion around which Thursday was the birth date when the church birth record was entered. And, when in doubt, go with the mother's memory!
And greetings, everyone, from Warsaw, where I've just arrived. It's a palpably exciting atmosphere here. Giant, building-sized advertisements for the birthday celebrations all over town. I'll report more, as I'm able.
.....Best guess: confusion around which Thursday was the birth date when the church birth record was entered.....
What I said too.....seems like a good guess since they're the same day of the week.
.....And greetings, everyone, from Warsaw, where I've just arrived. It's a palpably exciting atmosphere here. Giant, building-sized advertisements for the birthday celebrations all over town. I'll report more, as I'm able.
"Everything I say is my opinion, including the facts." :-)
Loc: San Jose, CA
Thank you so much for the link! No problems here with the sound (as of 11:30 Pacific time)--- it is gorgeous.
We have a new rescue dog, which is always an absorbing task--- they always have trauma, one way or another; they always require a great deal of time and attention to get them turned around and ready for a successful placement. So I am pretty well... stuck is not a word I like, this animal is a darling... anyway, here we are. With the Chopin concert from Warsaw, home of Chopin's first success.
Of course, the mother's memory. They know, to the minute--- count on it.