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    GREAT EXPECTATIONS

    In the year May 1936 to May 1937 the North American Baha’i community inaugurated and formulated its first collective Plan of action, the Seven Year Plan, 1937-1944. Inaugurated in 1936 it was formulated in detail at the National Convention of the Baha’i community in April-May 1937. The film Moonlight Sonata was released in the UK some ten weeks before this Plan began. The film was released in May of 1938 in the USA. Film audiences could now see the presence and hear the mastery of Jan Paderewski: composer, pianist and statesman. His playing had been recorded for posterity and audiences were now offered a visual portrait, a noble study, of the overwhelming confidence and utter simplicity of one of the greatest creative interpreters of Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. His playing was a example of what was arguably the highest level of piano virtuosity ever achieved. Paderewski’s career is one of the most spectacular in the history of music.1 The following prose-poem links the beginning of the Baha’i teaching Plan and Paderewski’s film debut in what is, for me at least, a fascinating juxtaposition. –Ron Price with thanks to Time Magazine, 27 February 1939.

    Such an exquisite lamentation
    and oh so quietly—pianissimo1
    as humanity was entering outer
    fringes of the most perilous stage
    of its existence he told us--even then.2

    The playing unimaginably precious
    immeasurably glorious, like some
    holy enterprize, the opportunities
    of the hour delicate, calm, stormy,
    with a force, concentration, energy,
    a determination aiming to attain
    exertions’ undreamed of heights.

    If Paderewski would only play
    that first movement of the
    Moonlight Sonata---so went
    the film’s narrative line---all
    of life’s problems would be solved
    --everything would be made right.3

    Would to God every State within
    the American Republic and every
    Republic within the American
    continent might embrace this Cause--2
    so went the cable’s narrative line---
    and the structural basis for a new
    World Order would be established.

    1 The 1st movement of the Moonlight Sonata is played: very quietly.
    2 Shoghi Effendi, “Message to 1936 Convention,” Messages to America: 1932-1946, Wilmette, 1947, p. 6. This is the hope, the desire, perhaps even the expectation, of Shoghi Effendi in last sentence of the cable of the Guardian on 1 May 1936.
    3 This is the expectation generated as the film, Moonlight Sonata, develops

    Ron Price
    17-18 June 2007

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    Shame on me not knowing of this film though as a Liszt fan I'd heard Padarwski's playing from reissues. He was a great interpreter of the romantic repertoire. I also have some of his sheet music from which one gleans how he played - his style reaches through his composition.

    He must have been a busy man. Wasn't he also the Prime Minister of Poland?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frasier View Post
    Shame on me not knowing of this film though as a Liszt fan I'd heard Padarwski's playing from reissues. He was a great interpreter of the romantic repertoire. I also have some of his sheet music from which one gleans how he played - his style reaches through his composition.

    He must have been a busy man. Wasn't he also the Prime Minister of Poland?
    Yes he was.

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    Belated apologies for not responding sooner, but I just saw your posts tonight for the first time. I now have a music site at: http://www.ronpriceepoch.com/Music.html
    married for 43 years, a teacher for 35, a writer and editor for 10 and a Baha'i for 51(in 2010).

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