September 17, 2005

Graduationと Symphony

76258d02.jpgラジオからベートーベンの曲が流れてきた。

あれは、一昨年の夏だったのだろうか?主人と日本人の友達と野外コンサートに行った時のことを、ふっと、思い出しました。

芝生の上に座って、シカゴ交響楽団が演奏するベートーベンの第九を聞き入っていると、主人が首をかしげて、
「なんか、夏に第九というのは、どうも変な気分だな。」と、呟いている。
隣にいた日本人の友達もウンウンと、うなずいている。 

聞いてみると、(ご承知のとおり)日本では第九というのは年の暮れに演奏されるもので、その他の時期に聞くことはまずないという。

ふーん なるほど。なるほど。私も日本で同じような経験をしたことがあるなぁ。

それは、今年の4月、日本に居る姪の小学校の卒業式に参加した時のこと。
私にとって初めての日本の卒業式。卒業生の卒業証書を受け取る姿、生徒達の縦笛の演奏、答辞の元気よい声がなどが、とても感動的でしたね。

そして、生徒退場の時、(私にとって)意外な音楽が流れてきたのです。
実はその曲は「蛍の光」。そう、蛍の光はアメリカでは、大晦日から1月1日のパーティに聞く曲で、まず卒業式には聞きません。

「ところ変われば。。」と、いうことでしょう。けれども、音楽の力ってびっくりしますね。気がつかぬ間にノーム(習慣)を創りだしてしまったり、思い出をハッキリ蘇えらせてしまったり。

この前の記事にも書いたとおり、シカゴ交響楽団(CSO)のシーズンが始まります。この交響楽団はシカゴはもちろん、世界中で名声を上げているシンフォニーで、ストラウスが指揮棒を振ったり、ディズニー映画「ファンタジア」でグラミー賞を獲得したりしています。

また、1996年には朝比奈隆氏が、87歳という高齢にもかかわらず渡米し、CSOと共演したことは、シカゴのクラシック・ファンの間でも話題を呼びました。 

皆さんが、もしシカゴに立ち寄る機会があるときは、CSOをチェックして下さいね。きっと、素晴らしい音楽を聞かせてくれます。

今日一日、笑顔で。

Isn't it interesting that some music can instantly bring back certain memories? I've heard that for many Japanese people, Beethoven's 9th brings memories of December. For some Americans I know, "Hotaru-no-Hikari" brings back scenes of New Year's Eve. For me, Chopin's nocturnes always deeply remind me of when I lived in Boston.

If you are visiting or living in Chicago, I hope you have the chance to enjoy a concert at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They are top-class, and the theater they perform in is a grand experience in itself.


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第九はボストンでもBSOの年末のコンサートを聴きに行ったことがあり、こっちでも年末に聞くものなんだなあ、と思いました。
蛍の光は映画"When Harry Met Sally"でEveのパーティのシーンでかかってましたが、なるほど、納得できました。(Dale)
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