Last week there was a modest Chopin Festival happening here in Geneva. F and I caught the second-to-last piano recital with a very young female pianist named Hélène Tysman at Geneva’s Music Conservatory, in Place Neuve. Our outing reminded me of the many times that we used to go to the Chicago Lyric Opera at the Civic Opera House to be engulfed by the sounds of some of the greats like Verdi and Wagner.

Although this was on a much smaller scale, Tysman did play some of F’s favorites and even played us an extra piece as part of her encore. Here’s the list:

  • Ballades en sol mineur op. 23
  • Ballade en Fa majeur op. 38
  • Ballade en La bémol majeur op. 47
  • Ballade en fa mineur op. 52
  • Polonaise – Fantaisie en La bémol majeur op. 61
  • Mazurkas op. 24 Nº2 et Nº4
  • Nocturne en Si majeur op. 9 Nº3
  • Barcarolle en Fa dièse majeur op. 60

What I don’t understand is why, mid-piece, an ambulance’s siren could be heard from outside the conservatory. They should really invest in some sound insulation and proofing.

Fryderyk Chopin was a Romantic-era Polish composer. He died at the tender age of 39 but, at least he left us some great music to enjoy and remember him by.