For the 10th International Paderewski Piano Competition
6th-20th November 2016
Refer to this link:
|Click on photographs to enlarge - far superior rendition|
I am sure many of you who read this post each year wonder why I cannot say something different as the years pass. I feel I have said all I can say below. Nothing has changed in my sentiments and profound respect for this national institution of commemoration of the departed. I remain in awe of it.
Except that yes, this morning, October 29th 2016, I went with 'Zosia' once again to clean the grave of autumn leaves, expired candles and withered wreaths. We placed a new set of candles and fresh wreaths on the grave which inevitably now contains the aunt herself, her husband and her mother.
The flower arrangements and wreaths one can buy for this day in numerous stalls and shops beside the cemetery show the greatest sensitivity, imagination and artistry. A book should be written about these talented people and how they manage this triumph.
Folk Carving of the Saviour at the Camaldolese Monastery on Lake Wigry
Polish 'Golden October' in the gardens of the Palace of Nieborow during All Saints Day
not far from Zelazowa Wola where Chopin was born
Details of the Childrens' Memorial, Jewish Cemetery, Warsaw
The grave of Jerzy Waldorff (1910-1999) Powazki Cemetery Warsaw on All Saints Day
For a warmly patriotic, anecdotal and profusely illustrated account of the history of Powązki Cemetery see The Rest Is Silence : The Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw by the wonderful Polish music critic, writer, journalist, social activist and great character Jerzy Waldorff trans. Chester Kisiel (Warsaw 1992).
|The Tatar mosque at Kruszyniany|
|The friendly custodian of the Tatar mosque in Kruszyniany in 1993|
|Tatar Mosque at Bohoniki|