A MAN OF MANY TALENTS
JENNIFER PAULL pays tribute
to IGOR KIPNIS, who died on 24 January 2002
Igor Kipnis was a great musician, and the kindest of men. We had been
friends for several years. My computer is full of the pages of humour he
sent to me several times each week. He loved to laugh, even if the last
couple of years had given him less to laugh about.
For most people, this wonderful musician will be remembered for his performance,
his recordings [listen] and his
writing. His activities were many and varied, spanning the colours of his
artistic rainbow. For me, his loss is one of a great friend, a wonderful
listener, and an example of courage. He was always ready to listen to new
ideas and to put forward his own.
In his last letter just recently, he told me how excited he was, how
'bolstered up' he felt by some 'nice happenings'. He had a new position
of adjunct professor at the University of Boston, and was looking forward
to giving the première of Philip Glass' new harpsichord concerto
in September with the North West Chamber Orchestra in Seattle.
I knew of the 'not nice happenings' too. His treatment was exhausting,
yet he looked forward to music and many more projects. One of these was
a CD we were planning to make together. Our instruments -- oboe d'amore
and harpsichord, were made for each other.
We shared a love of both baroque and contemporary music, of the performed
note and the written word. Here was a musician who felt that music was a
language, a communication between people, a sharing of thoughts and expressions.
He wrote often and was published in many journals and reviews. His energy
in all that he undertook is surely restored in full once more in the land
of the Igors -- Stravinsky, Markevitch and Kipnis.
The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.
-- John Vance Cheney, poet (1848-1922)
Au revoir, mon ami, et merci.
Copyright © 25 January 2002
Jennifer Paull, Vouvry, Switzerland
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