THE STORY OF THE PIANIST ON THE ARCTIC OCEAN
Here’s the story of a man, the ocean and a piano… and about the fragility of our planet.
I read long ago the book “Novecento” by Alessandro Baricco: a brilliant theatrical monologue which narrates the story of Danny Boodman “Novecento”. He was abandoned on the transatlantic Viginian soon after his birth and never got off that ship. He becomes a pianist that relieves passengers from their fear of the ocean by playing his terrific music.
I could not forget this text when I saw that world renowned pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi played this June a historic concert. Ludovico performed his own composition, Elegy for the Artic, on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svaldard, Norway).
I kindly ask you to dedicate the following minutes to watch this video and listen to his beautiful composition. Einaudi’s music reflects purity and delicacy, and through his music Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic.
The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise carried Einaudi, the grand piano and eight million voices to Svalbard. Speaking on-board the Arctic Sunrise, Einaudi said” It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it”. But despite the significance and scale of the Arctic problem, it is actually the least protected ocean.
Nature is speaking, but we are not listening! Please watch with your family and share this second video about the ocean’s role in our climate. It is our present, our future, our children’s future!