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Treasure Chest

Sheila has just had a treasure chest smuggled to me by James, Mignon’s husband. A dozen books, old letters, a diary of her 1985 trip taking Mother Mary right around those small islands which made such a damn nuisance of themselves in the era they call the Breetish Empire Daze. Of course, they’d just say ‘The Empire.’

So where to start among these riches, which could take ages to sort through? Here:

I now know that in November 1957, at a concert to raise funds for the Harrismith hospital, venue ‘Kerksaal,’ Mom Mary played this piano solo – Rustle of Spring by Christian Sinding:

. and in March 1957 at an earlier concert – also funds for the hospital – Mona du Plessis played Chopin’s waltz in E minor:

At the March concert, Mary also sang with Mona and Esther Mouton in a ‘vocal trio,’ and in another trio with Trudy Else and Esther, they sang ‘Come To The Fair.’

Mary also played Cecile Chaminade’s ‘Pierette’

~~~oo0oo~~~

Also my letters from America, from Veld and Vlei. from the army in Potchefstroom and to Mom and Sheila in the UK. Lots of work!

Oh – and under all this good old stuff there was a bottle of champers and a bottle of red! Sheila and James run a proper smuggling ring!

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Debussey Mom Used to Play – Clair de Lune

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Chopin Mom Used to Play – Mazurka in b minor Opus. 33 No. 4

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Schubert Mom Used to Play – Impromptu in A-flat major No.4

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Chopin Mom Used to Play – Polonaise in A flat major Op.53

The whole thing goes over seven minutes. I copied just the part I remember from Rumiko Isaksen on vimeo.com

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Padarewski Mom Used to Play – Minuet in G

We’ll let Padarewski play this one himself, but not for long. Sheila says she has a recording of Mom playing this. When I get it, it’ll be ‘Roll Over Padarewski!’

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Liszt Mom Used to Play – Liebestraum

Quite one of my favourites, this would invoke peace. Some of the others caused some melancholy! Not this one.

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Liszt Mom Used to Play – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

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Mozart Mom Used to Play – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

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Mozart Mom Used to Play – Rondo Alla Turca