Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy 200th birthday, Chopin!

Hello. I'm sorry that I didn't update my blog more than a month.
I was in Paris last week to work with a couple of teachers and visit friends.

On the last day of my stay, I decided to visit the grave of Chopin in the Pere Lachaise cemetery before going to the last appointment prior to my departure. When I came out from the metro station, it had started raining. So I had to walk in the shower, along the rough stony paths to the grave, without an umbrella but with a suitcase, a backpack and another bag.

As I was approaching the Chopin's grave, the rain got even heavier, as if I was not welcome(!?).
There were some people around the grave, but they soon went away because of the heavy rain. Then I had the privilege to be alone in front of the grave for more than 10 minutes (well, without umbrella...) While my personal praying, the C-minor Nocturne Op.48-1 sounded on my mind, and it seemed to me a perfect situation to hear such profound and grievous music. After the last chord of C-minor followed the beginning of the F-minor Ballade Op.52, which starts calmly with a C-major chord. And then, the rain storm gradually abated... it was absolutely a miracle transition of music and nature!

Here are a couple of photos that I took:
(strangely it doesn't look like it was heavily raining!)

Anyway, I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to my favorite Polish composer on his 200th anniversary.
Bon anniversaire et merci beaucoup pour votre grande contribution musicale au monde, Chopin!