Morning serenity, a moment of peace, nothing urgent to do. Enjoying the moment. A sonatina was floating around. I read about Stephen Hawking’s passing away. The great astrophysicist – gone. He took millions of readers on a discovery tour to explain the beautiful mysteries of space, the origin of the universe, the drama of the black holes. His book was one of the factors that made me want to become an astronaut or a rocket engineer. Pioneering work in space – that was my dream. Looking for what is beyond the limits of the universe.
I did not become an astronaut. Instead I became a journalist and explored the limits to man’s existence. Conflict zones in the Balkans, Africa, Afghanistan, Malaysia… And I found a parallel universe of incredible beauty, full of mysteries to be solved – classical music. I embarked on an ecstatic journey that is not about to end. The sonatina in G minor I enjoyed this morning was just an unforseen stop. It was written by Nikolai Medtner in 1898 and has been recorded by Paul Stewart.
All go to one place. All are from the atoms, and to atoms all return. Good bye, Professor. You have reached your final destination.
© Charles Thibo