Sunday, June 25, 2006

Butterfly's Wings

Playing on the iPod is Chopin's Etude no. 21, in G flat major, op.25, no.9, better know as "Butterfly's Wings". The famous 'Black Key' Etude consists of only one white note in the entire right hand part, which consists of fast arpeggiated triplets.
In his latest book "The Intermittencies of Death", Jose Saramago, Portugal's only Nobel Laureate in Literature, conveys his opinion (through the book's main character, which is human death) that this brief work by Chopin is the musical portrait of human life: It's "a rhythmical and melodic transposition of each and all human life, ordinary and extraordinary, because of its tragic brevity, its desperate intensity and also because of those final chords which were like a suspension mark left hanging in the air, in vagueness, somewhere, as if, hopelessly, something had been left unsaid."
This work by Chopin is, like previously stated, better know as "Butterfly's Wings" and I have no doubt whatsover that Saramago had for long pictured the said butterfly as the Acherontia Atropos he later briefly featured in his book and on its cover. The Acherontia Atropos, or Death's Head Sphinx Moth, represents death because of the clear outline of a skull on its back.
Sometimes I love Saramago.

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