I took this photograph in 2007. Since then, I have passed the place numerous times but for some reason have never stopped for a picture again. People take beautiful images of this place from Spring to Autumn, but all I have is this one and a few more – all gloomy and joyless.
Photography is scarce in the end of November.
In Tchaikovsky Album The Seasons, the piece of music written in E major for November is very light and cheerful. It has always surprised me, because November has never been my favorite, and nothing cheers me up when I think of November. If you don’t mind, let’s listen first. I intentionally use this unprofessional performance: a young girl, Sophia, reminds me of myself.
Tchaikovsky, Les Saisons, Novembre,Troïka .
Troika is a sled drawn by three horses, a very symbolic image for Russia. They must have had plenty of snow in Russia in November back in the 19th century. So I also heard about Ireland.
Russian publisher Nikolay Bernard, the one who commissioned Tchaikovsky to write The Seasons, suggested a subtitle for each month’s piece. Tchaikovsky accepted all of Bernard’s subtitles. You will be surprised to learn what this cheerful, jingle-bell-ish piece of music has for a subtitle:
Don’t look with yearning at the road,
And don’t rush after the troika.
Suppress and stifle the dreary dismay in your heart for good.
This is a poem by Nikolay Nekrasov depicting a sad destiny of Russian women in the 19th century. Looks like Tchaikovsky didn’t care…
But I love his music, and want to share another sweet piece – a waltz performed by Lucas Debarge.
Tchaikovsky – Sentimental Waltz Op. 51, No. 6 – Lucas Debarge
This is my Tutor Edite Kampe and I, many years ago, graduating after 7 years in the Music School.
I am eternally grateful for having her in my life.
This is my Mother.
I want to share another piece of music, a polka that accompanied my every birthday party until I became 12 and put a full stop on this sort of dancing… There are simply brilliant interpretations of this piece – you can look out in Youtube – but I have chosen this one, for an obvious reason… Thank you Mom
Rachmaninov – La Polka Italienne – Anna Hetmanova & Anastasia Pozdniakova.
I am grateful for my family and my music tutors who helped me make Music a part of my life forever.
I found this lonely rose in Kilkenny park. Must be the last one. On my way home I was listening to The Seasons and smiled recalling my Music School days. I wish everybody had similar experience in their life. I am so blessed.
Give your children and grand children opportunity to study music. Don’t be frustrated if you fail to raise a Mozart. It is not about career. At least, they will know what concert they really want to attend, or what music is played when a carousel goes around 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving! Give thanks for all you have! You can always have even more. Look for the best gifts, create, grow. Don’t let the life pass by like troika in that poem 🙂 Use and enjoy your blessings.