|I'll add some pieces here that were favorites of hers.|
The first two pieces were played at the Celebration/Memorial by pianist Rebecca Bogart, which is the first time I'd heard the Massanet played on the piano and it seemed very apropos. I decided to get the sheet music and do this mp3, and I've added for the page a 2nd Chopin, which was another one that Carmen liked, from the film "The Pianist."
I've also added the main theme from the Borodin dances, as the opening section sounds sadder to me than I remember, with the descending minor responses (like tears) to the ascending major-key ones but it ends with the more upbeat major key.
However, the underlying sadness in the opening is apropos, I felt, while it's good that it resolves later, as a very optimistic Carmen would have wanted. Even then there is always the descending inner line below the optimistic one, the latter one winning the day.
I used a hint of strings with the Massenet and the Borodin, as they are orchestral pieces and both Carmen and I shared a strong tendency toward sentimentality though that is not popular in many circles today. These are also here for my other friend, Judy, though she was not as into this kind of music. It just expresses quite a bit how I feel about both of them being removed from us now and very close to the same time.
Massenet: Meditation from Thais
Chopin: Nocturne No. 8 in D-flat, Op. 27, No. 2
Chopin: Nocturne No. 20 in c# minor - (a favorite of Carmen)
Borodin: Prince Igor Theme No. 1 from Polovetsian Dances - (the opening seems so apropos)