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Re: Making Music with What You Have Left



i needed this one

mabell wrote:

> Thought I'd pass this one on. . .
>
> Making Music with What You Have Left
>
> On Nov. 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the violinist, came
> on stage to give a concert at Avery Fisher Hall at
> Lincoln Center in New York City. If you have ever been
> to a Perlman concert, you know that getting on stage
> is no small achievement for him. He was stricken with
> polio as a child, and so he has braces on both legs
> and walks with the aid of two crutches.
>
> To see him walk across the stage one step at a time,
> painfully and slowly, is an unforgettable sight. He
> walks painfully, yet majestically, until he reaches
> his chair. Then he sits down, slowly, puts his
> crutches on the floor, undoes the clasps on his legs,
> tucks one foot back and extends the other foot
> forward. Then he bends down and picks up the
> violin, puts it under his chin, nods to the conductor
> and proceeds to play.
>
> By now, the audience is used to this ritual. They sit
> quietly while he makes his way across the stage to his
> chair. They remain reverently silent while he undoes
> the clasps on his legs. They wait until he is ready to
> play. But this time, something went wrong. Just as he
> finished the first few bars, one of the strings on his
> violin broke. You could hear it snap -it went off like
> gunfire across the room. There was no mistaking what
> that sound meant. There was no mistaking what he had
> to do.
>
> People who were there that night thought to
> themselves:
> "We figured that he would have to get up, put on the
> clasps again, pick up the crutches and limp his way
> off
> stage - to either find another violin or else find
> another string for this one."
>
> But he didn't. Instead, he waited a moment, closed his
> eyes and then signaled the conductor to begin again.
> The orchestra began, and he played from where he had
> left off. And he played with such passion and such
> power and such purity as they had never heard before.
> Of course, anyone knows that it is impossible to play
> a
> symphonic work with just three strings. I know that,
> and you know that, but that night Itzhak Perlman
> refused to know that.
>
> You could see him modulating, changing, recomposing
> the piece in his head.  At one point, it sounded like
> he was de-tuning the strings to get new sounds from
> them that they had never made before.
>
> When he finished, there was an awesome silence in the
> room. And then people rose and cheered. There was an
> extraordinary outburst of applause from every corner
> of
> the auditorium. We were all on our feet, screaming and
> cheering, doing everything we could to show how much
> we appreciated what he had done.
>
> He smiled, wiped the sweat from this brow, raised his
> bow to quiet us, and then he said, not boastfully, but
> in a quiet, pensive, reverent tone, "You know,
> sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much
> music you can still make with what you have left."
>
> What a powerful line that is. It has stayed in my mind
> ever since I heard it.  And who knows? Perhaps that is
> the [way] of life--not just for artists but for all of
> us.
>
> So, perhaps our task in this shaky, fast-changing,
> bewildering world in which we live is to make music,
> at first with all that we have, and then, when that is
> no longer possible, to make music with what we have
> left.
>
> -By Jack Riemer, Houston Chronicle
>
> =====
> mindy belloff  ~  mabell                                        http://www.IntimaPress.com
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