What are Great Moments ?

Berthe Morisot

When I am listening to music, looking at a painting or a sculpture or reading a book, I know instantaneously that something is happening to me, a kind of flash. Sometimes a memory of an event in the past, sometimes a memory of a friend, but often an indistinct feeling of happiness, of “je ne sais quoi” or even of melancholy. These moments make a deep impression, I never forget. I don’t know if they are influencing my daily life. But I do know they are remaining in my memory and in my thoughts. They can change with time, mood, ageing or personal development. They never fall out of favour.

For instance, when at the age of twelve first reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace, I looked at Pierre and Andrei as grown-up men. Young, my greatest admiration was for Pierre with his more deviating way of life. Older, I appreciated more Andrei’s social attitude. Yet each time I reread the novel, I feel involved with both and with Natasha of course.

The same, in some other way, is happening with music like the first time I heard Beethoven’s Eroica on a small recorder or the Violin Concerto by Yehudi Menuhin live.

Wilhelm Lehmbruck

Or when I am looking at a sculpture by Lehmbruck or a painting by Malevich or a .
Earlier I always tried to understand why some works had such an effect on me. Nowadays, I am just happy with the old familiar memories and the future, not yet known, events. They are like old and new friends. They are part of me.

In this blog I’ll write about my favorite music, art and books.
What I hear, see, read, feel, think and love.

About A M Zénon

I love all great art and music and literature.
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2 Responses to What are Great Moments ?

  1. Nic says:

    Totally agree with you, there is something behind the lines, the notes, the chords and the colours. Perhaps that something is alive, perhaps art is alive; or perhaps that something is yourself.

    I’ve been researching and listening to a wide variety of musical pieces, and, even now, there are things that I would’v never expected. And yet there they are. Buried between past and present.


    • amzenon says:

      Yes, I think that music, art, books, are coming to life in me again and again.
      I hope to write more about it in the future.
      I visited your beautiful blog and added it to my favorites list.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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