Château de Montrésor
To let you know a little about Chopin's Piano at the French château that we visited last year, I'll briefly describe our experience there last September.
|Château de Montrésor|
|The village of Montrésor|
|to the Grand Salon|
|up the spiral staircase|
(Pause for breath!) It was at this very moment that the gentleman from the office appeared asking if we he could be of any assistance on our little tour. I thought, if I say nothing now I could regret it forever!
|Delfina's portrait in the library|
All was now clear at last! The 'gentleman', so we learned, is a descendant of the Count and loves to share his knowledge with visitors. He invited me to play the piano and without doubt it was the most thrilling, and at the same time poignant and overwhelming moment imaginable for a pianist such as I...devoted as I am to the works of Chopin and to understanding more and more about his life. There were a few tears!
I played a couple of waltzes and his Barcarolle. Peter said that the gentleman stood with tears down his cheeks at the end of the Barcarolle ....had I played that badly!....and wouldn't let us go without showing us the room (unfortunately not open to the public), containing much Chopin memorabilia including a miniature of Delphine and the bronze cast of his hand taken at the time of his death.
|In the garden: Sculpture of a 26 year old soldier|
who died in 1859 at the Battle of Magenta
while serving with Count Xavier Branicki
(Bronze by Jules Franceschi 1862)
The 'gentleman' in question is tall, rather lanky, very casually dressed and has a typical Polish style of droopy moustache. He speaks excellent English!