The Soundtrack of Loss
There are, sadly, all sorts of tragedies in our world. Huge, global events like wars. Public losses of talents like Jacqueline du Pré's. And millions of anonymous, small (in the scheme of things) losses like that of the life I used to lead. All cause grieving. And now when I think of loss, in my head, I hear the eloquent, elegiac melody created by Edward Elgar out of his own pain almost one hundred years ago.
Played by Jackie in her youthful prime, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, knowing how their stories will play out, makes this performance heartbreakingly poignant.For me, it is the soundtrack of loss.
Jacqueline du Pré's birth anniversary is January 26 and WQXR, the New York classical radio station, is graciously planning to honor her that day by featuring one of her prominent performances, although as of this writing it has not been decided which one. I am so grateful to them for giving her the recognition she deserves.
In the movie Jackie and Hilary, about the relationship between Jacqueline and her older sister, there is a scene that absolutely captures what it is like every time you remember what MS has stolen from you. I include it in my annual du Pré post to help people understand how devastating it feels and how truly shattering it is.
I would ask all of you reading this to remember those of us -- approximately half a million in the United States alone -- who are afflicted with multiple sclerosis and, if you are able, to support the organizations that provide services and fund research seeking a cure:
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