Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

Richter Plays Beethoven - Poem by Alison Cassidy

Sviatoslav Richter
Your German heart
understood Beethoven,
Your Russian hands
expressed his music
with consummate skill.

Sviatoslav Richter
Giant of the piano
You attacked the keys
with blinding technique
uncompromising honesty
and purity of soul.

Sviatoslav Richter
You spoke these words
shortly before you died:
'If one can only find
the necessary harmony,
life can be so wonderful'.


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  • (12/12/2008 4:48:00 PM)

    A fine tribute to a great keyboard artist. One of my favorites. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/23/2008 8:54:00 AM)

    Harmony is a very important thing, in so many ways.

    GW62
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  • (10/6/2007 6:47:00 PM)

    Agreed jim, PC no 5 would be the one..but for the necessary harmonies, i believe Rachmaninoff's pc no.2 would make life as sweet as it could ever be. But i digress...

    Eloquent speech and great description.

    Regards, Mark.
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  • (3/5/2007 8:48:00 AM)

    Did he ever play B's PC No 5 by any chance? That would have been the one to attack I'd guess. Brilliant, inspiring concerto. Don't know this man's work - that I'm aware of, but I wish I did after reading this Allie. Inspiring quotation too. xx jim (Report)Reply

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  • (11/16/2006 9:45:00 PM)

    Great music creates its own drama. How well you have captured the essence of this in
    your eloquent tribute to Richter. Another Alison Cassidy original indeed.

    warm regards,

    Sandra
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  • (10/17/2006 8:52:00 PM)

    another musical theme (goes well with the most recent of yours that i just read) and this one is just as enjoyable. a thoroughly satisfying build-up and conclusion. i'll have to read your poems more often (in those rare moments when i get the chance!) (Report)Reply

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  • (10/17/2006 6:06:00 PM)

    Ah, yes! 'Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast.' Bet you love that line, you thespian you. Funnily enough, I just happen to be listening to Beethoven's Symphony No.7 in A-minor, by the London Festival Orchestra, conducted by Alberto Lizzio this very instant. Virtuoso of the Ivories was Mr. Richter and you have captured that essense, in part, masterfully and tenderly in this piece. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/15/2006 11:57:00 PM)

    A kind tribute to a superb personal! If you can play the music till the life ends? (Report)Reply

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  • (10/14/2006 7:04:00 PM)

    You've done the great man credit with this warm tribute. A lovely write. (Report)Reply

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (10/14/2006 2:09:00 AM)

    A WONDERFUL & WELL EXPRESSED TRIBUTE TO A MAN, WHO I WAS NOT AT ALL FAMILIAR WITH, BUT AFTER READING YOUR PIECE, FEEL I HAVE A PRETTY SOLID IDEA AS TO TH' TYPE OF MAN HE WAS &, MOST LIKELY TO A MANY RESPECTED PEOPLE...HIS FINAL WORDS & YOUR FINAL VERSE, , , AHHHH & IF ONLY NORTH kOREA & TH' LIKES OF THEM WITH THEIR CHEMICALS & NUCLEARS COULD JUST SPEND SOME TIME TO BE EDUCATED WITH THE IDEAOLOGOIES & PHILOSOPHIES OF SVIATOSLAV
    RICHTER.....GREAT PIECE, ALLIE! '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''FJR
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 14, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 16, 2010


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