One of my favorite songs to play on the piano is Chopin’s Prelude Op. 28, No. 15. Towards the end of the song, right before the last forte, I am instructed to smorzando e slentando. I just love the sound of these words. They mean: dying away and becoming slower.
I want to live life like this song. It is passionate and unyeilding, tender and strong, yet there is a pattern, a note, throughout the whole song which ties it all together. As I age, I am sure I’ll be dying away and becoming slower, but I will have one last forte before my pianissimo. And I will sustain that last note until I’m sure all can feel its quiet passion.
Valentina Igoshina playing Chopin’s Prelude Op. 28, No. 15: