the musician in the GARDEN OF THE WINTER PALACE IN ST. PETERSBURG
It was a beautiful sunny day in St.Petersburg and we decided to relax in the park in front of Catherine the Great´s Winter Palace. It is a beautiful park and people came from everywhere to enjoy the day. A quote came to mind:
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Berthold Auerbach
My eye caught movement in one corner of the garden. A couple of people were gathering and I was curious to see what was happening over there. I might get another photo opportunity, I thought to myself. I was right! I saw an elderly man dressed in a black coat. Silver locks of hair touched his collar.
He took out a shiny flute and held it up in the air. Without saying a word he introduced the audience to the flute. Opposite me a member of the audience took her seat. One quick look to make sure the little one was snugly tucked into the pram and then full attention to the musician on stage.
I did not have in full view and decided to move directly in front of him but respectfully keeping my distance. His lips barely touched the musical instrument as he started to play the sweetest melody. I had no idea what he was playing but I was mesmerized by the pure sounds that now filled the park.
The musician was lost in a melody-world of his own and didn´t notice when more people sat down to listen. I watched each movement carefully. He noticed that he was not playing from a music sheet.I was not the only one enjoying his music!
I wiggled my way through the people and now had full view of him. I noticed that underneath the black goat he was wearing a black suit and tie! He came dressed for the occasion.
Then all of a sudden his eyes opened and he looked directly at me. He started to perform for the camera and the magic was gone. I did not see the musician again and I wonder if he is still performing there.