A Special Performance by the Author
Music, Love, and Survival
Part 2: Leaving Family Behind
In this part of her performance, Mona describes the terrible decision
Lisa’s parents had to make after the violence of Kristallnacht.
As Lisa prepares to leave home on the Kindertransport, she takes
careful note of every detail of her family’s home. She takes solace
in the music of Debussy, and makes her mother promise not to change a
thing in the apartment.
Questions to Discuss With Students
- When Lisa arrives home saddened at the news that her lessons must
end, her mother encourages her to play a nocturne by Chopin. A “nocturne” is
a composition for piano that is inspired by, or that evokes, the night.
Nocturnes can have many moods—tranquil, expressive, lyrical,
gloomy. Now that you have heard this nocturne by Chopin, why do you
think Lisa’s mother encouraged her to play it at this moment?
- Imagine that you are about to leave your home, never to see it again.
Close your eyes and picture each specific detail of a room in your
home. Write briefly about these details and why they are important
Music Mona Plays in Part 2
Nocturne, Opus 9, No. 3
by Frédéric Chopin
“Clair de Lune”
by Claude Debussy
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