Mrs Barbara Mikliè Türk
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA
HIS EXCELLENCY DR.
DANILO TÜRK AND HIS
WIFE MRS BARBARA
FOR ALL THE TRUST, SUPPORT AND HONOUR
The piano is filled with dreams
as if reflecting
the depths of dusk.
the white hands
of the musician are loosened.
As though on a black
two white swans were flowing
in search of infinity.
(Translated by Janko Lavrin)
This poem of exquisite
sensitivity captures a moment of intense musical experience. With it the
poet expresses the meaning of art as the human yearning for immortality. Who
can express it better than Sreèko Kosovel, one of the leading Slovene poets
of the first half of the twentieth century! He died in 1926 at the age of
22. Had he lived longer, he would have recognized his "two white swans" as
Maya Plisetskaya and Rodion Shchedrin - two living legends, to whom we are
forever grateful for having enriched the world with their sublime artistic
expression and their profound humanism.
Barbara Mikliè Türk