Here's a newly discovered Chopin's portrait, painted by someone called Alfred, presumably during the composer's lifetime, i.e. from life. "The peeling portrait of the Polish piano composer dates back to the 19th century, according to Nicolaus Copernicus University professor Dariusz Markowski, who examined and restored the painting last year. He says it has significant historic and emotional value," reported Euro News in October 2021. https://www.euronews.com/2021/10/11/chopin-portrait-restored-after-flea-market-find-may-be-a-prelude-to-a-windfall.
Sharing this image and its metamorphosis seems a fitting tribute to Chopin at a time when another edition of the International Chopin Piano Competition is under way in Warsaw, Poland. This is the 18th edition of a competition first held in 1927 that helped identify and promote some of the greatest pianists of the past two centuries.
The finalists are:
- Ms Leonora Armellini, Italy
- Mr J J Jun Li Bui, Canada
- Mr Alexander Gadjiev , Italy/Slovenia
- Mr Martin Garcia Garcia, Spain
- Ms Eva Gevorgyan, Russia/Armenia
- Ms Aimi Kobayashi, Japan
- Mr Jakub Kuszlik, Poland
- Mr Hyuk Lee, South Korea
- Mr Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu, Canada
- Mr Kamil Pacholec, Poland
- Mr Hao Rao, China
- Mr Kyohei Sorita, Japan
your fingers feel
~ Debbie P Kolodji
I found this lovely haiku to be a good excuse to ask some friends for sending in their Chopin haiku. Susan Rogers did not disappoint and wrote, while thinking of Chopin's death in October, and the dreadful weather of this month in Poland, the following:
listening to the dying wind
I hear Chopin 's breath
~ Susan Rogers
Ambika Talwar loves Chopin's Nocturnes, as I do. She sent in a link to music and two haiku:
~ Ambika Talwar
This recording of all Chopin's Nocturnes by Brigitte Engerer is doubly relaxing as it is recorded on a piano tuned to the natural key with A=432Hz, and not 440Hz,the higher, tense and chaos-inducing energy brought into the world of music in the early 20th century either by Rockefeller-inspired groups, or the Nazis. The 432 frequency resonates with harmony that can be seen on resonance plates of cymatics.