Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Vous êtes pianiste?



One never knows what one can find at a Paris street market...
Perhaps a book of Beethoven Sonatas or Alkan's Le Chemin de fer?

I would have snatched up Chopin's Polonaise in A flat Major, Opus 53

When I was walking that Sunday on a narrow street, I could hear strains of piano music from an accomplished student.  The long passageway amplified the tones to a dreamlike state, and I felt that I should tiptoe so as not to break the spell. 


Marché d'Aligre
75012, Paris

17 comments:

martinealison said...

Gros bisous, je vous souhaite beaucoup de bonheur et de santé en ce jour de 1 mai.

Peter Olson said...

This reminds me that I have some photos to - possibly - show from Rue de Rome, full of music shops, instrument makers... where I recently bought some books on sale, now desperately trying to play a small part of them. (It was certainly not me playing that you heard!)

Malyss said...

I'm not, but I'd like to be.

Shell Sherree said...

Oui. I'd have stopped to secure some treasures, absolutely. A beautiful find, Genie, and how serendipitous that you were accompanied on your journey that same day in such a lovely way.

Cezar and Léia said...

I'm graduated in Fine Arts and my main musical instrument is the piano!
by the way, I miss my piano a lot, it is in my mammy's house in Brazil!
Léia

LaPouyette said...

What a great discovery! Would love to have them all !!!!

Best wishes for a lovely May Day,
amicalement et bisou,
karin

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Genie:
How absolutely wonderful. And how we should have wished to gather up sheet music from an outside market such as you show in this splendid image. Sometimes, when walking near the Music Academy, here in Budapest, we hear the students practising, the strains of which drift down to the pavement through the open windows.

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brattcat said...

i just finished reading a biography about the young lenny bernstein and how he worked and saved to buy music scores.

Harriet said...

Your post reminds of the day I heard a very accomplished pianist playing through an open window while I was staying with a French family in the Marais. It's very magical to hear beautiful music so unexpectedly.

Rob and Mandy said...

I's actually go with Campagnoli's amusements

Kris said...

Great selection!

Loree said...

What a wonderful sensation that must have been. Those piano books are exactly like the ones I used to study on. Small world.

Joe said...

Love to have a rummage through the sheet music. Bach's Well Tempered Clavier must be in there somewhere.

M said...

I love the way you portray the music books! I would like to go there someday and pick up some music for my pianist.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I've had similar experiences in other cities. Music does transport one to another plane.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Paris street markets are fabulous I agree Genie, so many treasures.

Pet said...

Oh, I do. But I have never played anything by Campagnoli!