I can’t play this piece without thinking of Pushkin, so I thought that I would share it, ,with a section from Eugen Onegin. Twenty years, and I still think this is one of the most intimate pieces I know. Miraculous.
César Cui – ‘Lettre d’amour’ (No 21 From Kaleidoscope)
Peter Shepppard Skaerved-Stradivari 1714 ‘Maurin’
‘Tatyana’s letter treasured ever
as sacred, lies before me still.
I read with secret pain, and never
can read enough to get my fill.
Who taught her an address so tender,
such careless language of surrender?
Who taught her all this mad, slapdash
heartfelt, imploring, touching trash
fraught with enticement and disaster?
It baffles me. But I’ll respect
here a weaker version, incomplete
pale transcript of a vivid master,
or Freischütz as it might be played
by nervous hands of a school maid’
(Aleksandr Pushkin-Eugen Onegin XXXI)