La Pensee - Marble, Rodin -- Musee d'Orsay
They didn't know, and loved him anyway:
his bearing, his neck, the way he moved,
the light in his quiet eyes.
Trapped, in marble, truncated Venus
bel canto, weeping
Valentina Lisitsa is a young Latvian pianist who has taken the world by storm; Her performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto with the encore of Las Campanellas and other pieces is on You Tube.
If the word "rubato" is written on a vocal score, it means that the singer is at liberty to ornament her singing. Coloraturas are infamous for their rubati.
The Lakme Bell Song is a showpiece for the coloratura voice.
Camille was Rodin's mistress and model.
Rodin had other notions about the meaning of his La Pensee, of course--to show the dichotomy of body and soul, feeling/intellect, the weight of the intellect inhibiting the body. My "rubato" is to take liberties with Rodin's "score." jra
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