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Memorial created 04-29-2006 by
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Maureen Bridget Cavanaugh
January 7 1955 - April 4 2005

Maureen & Piano

Maureen was an accomplished pianist. She played a piece at her graduation at Visitation. While in France she enjoyed playing for her fellow exchange students. She played music all her life. According to Chris,

"The things I recall Maureen playing early on were Bach 2 part inventions, Schuman's Fantasiestuck from Carnival, Beethoven's first and fourth piano concertos. Funny that she did not play any Mozart as far as I recall, but she grew to really like his movement and went mostly cool on Beethoven (although she would listen to Richard Goode's recording of the complete sonatas which she gave me one year as a gift."

The music you are hearing is Maureen playing Beethoven's No. 8 Sonata, in C minor, which the composer called Grande Sonate Pathetique (French for Sorrow). It is a fragment of the second movement. Unfortunately, the recording was not done professionally. This music was recorded for a soundtrack for a student film which Maureen helped to make at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Student Volunteer Film Class. The recorder was a small reel to reel machine. The recording was made on or about October 21, 1970. As it was rediscovered in 2007, it proved difficult to digitize the recording. This recording does so little justice to the artist. The recording was made on her family piano which was in the basement family room.

 

"Thank you for the photos and especially for the music. Looking at the picture of Bridget at the piano and then remembering how hard she would practice. She would finally finish school work and then practice. Mom would lie in bed listening and I would sit in the kitchen. In a way the sound was more haunting. I never had any tapes, but certainly wish I did. Thanks Dane, these images from the past are truly valued. Take care, Nancy"

 

 

This page was updated on July 7, 2009 with the complete recording of Maureen playing Beethoven's No. 8 Sonata.  Yes, the recording is not very clear.  However, the hunting tone seems almost fitting.  It is like a distant echo of a time and place that can no longer be visited.  And as time passes our memories become more unclear.  Although the recording is uneven one can still sense that Maureen played with passion and talent.  This recording is an imperfect artifact, but like any echo from the past it only represents the faded gray shadow of a world that was once alive and so very colorful.

 

 
Maureen & her Piano at home
 

The above piano was the one which Maureen practiced on and which was used to record the film soundtrack. Photo taken during the late 1970s.

 

Maureen's Piano at Ithaca, New York next to her collection of Harvard Classics.

 

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