... in a composer

Published on 07 Feb 2020
A man playing keyboard

If I were to appear on Desert Island Discs, Melancholy Waltz by Emil Darzins would be right near the top of my list.  The moment I heard it when I was half asleep some ten years ago, I thought it was quite the most beautiful piece of music I had ever heard.

It was not till a while later that I learned about the life of its composer. Sadly this is the only piece of his music that survives him.  His music was fiercely criticised  by other musicians and he destroyed all his orchestral works and later it is thought that he went on to take his own life in his 30s.

As I think about my legacy, I have been so aware that it is not up to me to decide what will last.  I cannot tell.  I wonder if the things that I deem insignificant, or of no value at all, will be the works that last.  It is not for me to belittle the small things that make up my every day life before God.  ‘Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin’ Zechariah 4v10.