Big Lift Ferry Poem F390

He played Für Elise
For 20 minutes on a
Public piano –
Summoning Beethoven’s ghost
To haunt Halifax-Dartmouth

09.16.17

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Notes to this poem…

If you don’t know the Beethoven composition called Für Elise, here it is.

The guy I speak of played it, slower and with small variations in a few cycles, for about 20 minutes waiting for the ferry last night. I was hoping he’d get off it so I could do a little practice time but he hogged it till it was time to go. I wouldn’t have minded it if he played something more but he should have known better than to play this piece for that long being able to play half decently like he did. It’s lovely, but not repeated like six or seven times with repetition of phrasing in between to make it sound like many more times around.

Beethoven must not have been just rolling in his grave, but sending out his ghost to try and stop this guy, was what I imagined, sitting to have to listen to him while waiting for the ferry, and chuckling at the thoughts. However, as we left with any interruption to his playing, I can only imagine that ghost got there too late and is now roaming Halifax-Dartmouth to haunt it looking for the guy, lol.

As he left, I got on to play a short Bach prelude in the little time I had before having to board the ferry. There was nobody except the ticket security guard having to hear it, though I doubt he was listening… which is a good thing with my beginner’s level piano. 🙂

The F-series poems are part of a collection composed on my ferry rides across Halifax Harbour when the buses aren’t crossing the MacDonald bridge due to the Big Lift bridge redecking. This should keep happening until at least December 2016.

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