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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

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Beethoven Mom Used to Play – Fur Elise

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Beethoven Mom Used to Play – Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement

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Beethoven Mom Used to Play – Moonlight Sonata 1st movement

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Chopin Mom Used to Play – Waltz Op.69 No.2

More Chopin I grew up listening to. Beautiful music ingrained in my brain. These tunes brings back sweet memories.

– the lounge on the right –

~~~oo0oo~~~

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Chopin Mom Used to Play – Nocturne E Flat Major Op.9 No.2

No.6 of Mom’s Chopin repetoire – played at night on the Bentley upright while we lay in bed listening down the other end of the long passage. Sometimes she would practice her hymns for Sundays – she played the organ at the Harrismith Methodist church for a hundred-odd years – sister Sheila christened her ‘Mary Methodist’ cos o’ that. Other times were not as classical, nor as holy – that would be when friends gathered round the piano full of smoke and booze and belted out popular tunes with various degrees of talent.

Thanks again to the pianist standing in for Mary now that she’s 91 and can no longer read her sheet music. She still plays, but her favourite popular tunes ‘off by heart.’

In the comments Sheila informs me it was a Venning – Barbara or her daughter Lel who first christened her Mary Methodist. Well, it stuck!

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Chopin Mom Used to Play – Fantaisie-Impromptu Op.66

No.4 in a series of Chopin pieces our Mother Mary would play. Our childhood was filled with sublime music emanating from down the passage. I have invited sundry pianists to play them here as I have very few recordings on Mom’s classical playing!

Thank you, guest artists and youtube for standing in for Mom!

Mom still plays at 91, but can’t read the music anymore, so she plays her huge repertoire of popular songs from the 30’s to the 60’s maybe – ‘off by heart.’ I’ll post some of those later – with the REAL person playing!