Chopins Nocturnes by Ani Avramova
Summer, glooming over the water. Disappearing light.. A digital piano. Above the keys Ani Avramova, concertpianist. Theatre lights dim for a moment.. The first nocturne comes to life. The audience sets off with the intense music of Chopin. It's his sound brought to life.
In Ani's words: "That we can keep on dreaming, that for me is one of the most important attitudes in life. Dreams give the power to strive for the unreachable, to realize the unknown. The dream, dreams of the big, but also the small plans spring into the mind almost wthout exception during the night. Daytime is preserved for the harsh reality, the hard work for survival. The night paves the way for dreaming. In the safety of slumbering and sleep the deepest wishes, longings, passiions spring to surface. Chopins nocturnes fit perfect in this mode.With the help of this music I want to create an atmoshpere in which the listener feels save to dream away.”
The Nocturnes are the musical base for the following story:
The story of Zymon the Dancer:
Zymon the Dancer was a Privateer who paoched the shores of Spain and North-Africa.. Once he was waiting at the Street of Gibraltar for the Spanish Silverfleet. He prepairs his crew to enter when at the horizon coming from the north a Moor ship appears. The fight ends quickly. It's a slave ship. Men and women from the Zeeland city of Brielle captivated by the Muslims for the Arab slave market.
. One of the freed people is Yuki a former geisha from the Japanese-Dutch trade island Desjima where the VOC had exclusive trade rights. The Dutch merchant Tymen Harmsz took her to Zeeland. Zymon set the prisoners free and falls deeply in love with the beautiful Yuki.
It turns out that thee slave ship is part of a small fleet. They counter attack. What follows is a fight to the dead, won by Zymon. He hooks up the ships for possible selling amd sinks the rest, driftwood and ballast. One of the Morish ships found a way to escape. Wth a broad smile n the flush for victory Zymon, the crew and the freed slaves wave the ship away untill it falls of the horizon.
Then he looks among the hopefull and happy faces on his ship for Yuki. “Yuki!”, a joyful bawl. All are looking. No reaction. “Where is Yuki?” An arm, wavering out of the group of former slaves stretches pointing to the horizon were the Morish ship vanished. Zymon turns to the wheel. “Catch 'm”
The seabatttle that follows is horrible. When the powder smoke waves Yuki is standing at the wheel of Zymon's ship. She sees how one after the other sailor is delivered to the hungry water.
Up to this day sailors can tell you how after a storm at sea Zymons ship with Yuki at the wheel sails by. She is stll looking for her Zymon and drags drowned sailors on the ship. Stray souls that couldn't find peace in the waves form her crew.
De Nocturnes - history
Chopins nocturnes contain 21 short scores for piano solo written between 1827 and 1846. They are considered as the most eloquent pieces for piano solo. The opus numbers 1 to 18 have been published during Chopins lifetime in pairs or trio's following the order of composing. Number 19 and 20 were the first to be composed when still living in Poland, but were published posthumous. Number 21 didn't found it's way as a nocturne, is accounted since 1870 as such. Moste of Chopin’s nocturnes are in a simple A-B-A form. A being often a dreamlike belcanto style, while the more dramatic content can be found in part B.